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Romanian Hacker Who Exposed Clinton Email Scandal Welcomes Extradition

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The Romanian hacker who exposed Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business while she was Secretary of State will waive extradition this month so he can face trial in the United States.

Marcel Lehel Lazar, known online as "Guccifer," has been in a Romanian prison since his January 2014 arrest. He is currently serving a four-year sentence for hacking into the email accounts of Romanian government officials.

In a phone interview with the Smoking Gun, Lazar, 43, said that he will not fight efforts by the State Department to extradite him during an upcoming February 17 hearing.

"I don't oppose. I go there to United States to fight. I know what I did and this is okay with me," Lazar said.

If extradited, he will face trial in an Alexandria, Virginia, federal court, where he was indicted in June for fraud, obstruction of justice, cyberstalking, identity theft, and unauthorized access of a protected computer.

Lazar said that following his arrest, he agreed to speak with FBI and Secret Service agents at the Romanian prison, and he detailed his illegal activities.

In late-2012, Lazar began a hacking spree that infiltrated the email accounts of the Bush family and their friends, as well as numerous US military officials and British politicians, among other high-profile people.

In March 2013, Lazar hacked into the AOL account of Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton family confidant. Lazar copied Blumenthal's emails, including dozens of messages sent to Clinton, then Secretary of State. Many of Clinton's emails included detailed memos about international affairs.

Clinton's use of her personal email account for State Department business has grown into a scandal that political rivals have used to attack her. The FBI is investigating whether classified material was sent and stored via the unsecure system. 

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  • karlof1
    Hopefully, Lazar will help terminate Clinton's presidential attempt as she deserves a prison cell; nothing less will do.
  • vendor
    See, this guy has 10x bigger balls than Assange and stands for his own idealism with defiance and determination in spite of the consequences. Respect!
  • in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, Hopefully has made many copies of incriminating documents to be released should anything bad happen.
  • Mitach2002
    I guess it's still a crime for exposing a politicians criminal activities but not a crime for the politician. What a cesspool of a nation.
  • vendorin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Andrew Joyce, being a hacker he would have made at least 3 copies of each document.
  • terryjohnodgersin reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
    karlof1, she deserves nothing less than the death penalty for all those who have died unnecessarily on her watch as Secretary of State.
  • terryjohnodgersin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Andrew Joyce, Yes, I can image there would be many who would like this fellow to somehow disappear. Clinton has some very big skeletons buried in many closets.
  • terryjohnodgersin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
    Mitach2002, one should never blame an entire population for the actions of a few.
  • WOW, the full knowledge of what he scammed out of those emails would probable put the whole filthy SHEIT of the the treasonous Bushes and their scumbag regime into a swinging vote, meaning, they voted to have them swing. It is unfortunate he did note pass it to someone who could have used it to expose the REAL TRUTH to there real planes And also those involved!!! This man deserves a applause, but unfortunate he did not take it far enough? How sad! WARNING: This is not sarcasm but logic speaking!!!
  • in reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
    Mitach2002, More so those in the purple circle, not just politicians but more and more to the military, police, government branches and there secret ZZ. They are all given a status of freedom to do WHATEVER they wish because it is a self declared law that they have the right do it!!! Simply put, if a policeman even flinches that you MAY be making some move that APPEARS to be threatening, they have the right to shoot you without question. The septic states already doing a great job of this. This IS the terrorism in our societies, not the snake pits in the M.E. All this happening since the filthy Bush era of the great propaganda war on terrorism. The era of draconian societies is happening, AND at a very fast rate!!! WARNING: this is not sarcasm but logic speaking!!!
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    "he was indicted in June for fraud, obstruction of justice, cyberstalking, identity theft, and unauthorized access of a protected computer"

    His job with the NSA awaits...
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