Romanian hacker best known as “Guccifer” has been sentenced to to 52 months in prison by a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.
Not to be confused with Guccifer 2, the original Guccifer is a Romanian hacker named Marcel Lazar.
Guccifer exposed Hillary Clinton’s private email domain when she was U.S. Secretary of State. The hack set off a constant flow of Hillary email hacks and leaks that to this day continue to plague the Clinton campaign, and show no sign of ever letting up.
Hillary Clinton has not faced any official charges for a never ending, wide array of illegal activity that was exposed by Guccifer.
The Guccifer sentence highlights the tiered level of justice practiced in the United States. Ether way another person who dared to cross the Clinton machine has been locked away and silenced. At least Guccifer (aka Marcel Lazar) was spared his life.
Lazar had pleaded guilty in May to charges including unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft after being extradited from Romania.
In an NBC interview in May, Guccifer claimed that he also gained access to the former Secretary of State’s “completely unsecured” server. “It was like an open orchid on the Internet,” Lazar told NBC News. “There were hundreds of folders.” What is curious is that according to Reuters, law enforcement and national security officials said that claim is meritless. Of course, the question arises: just how diligently did national security officials probe Guccifer’s claim: the reason to be skeptical is that if this allegation was confirmed, then the FBI’s entire case against Clinton would collapse, as it would be proven that her server was indeed hacked, something the FBI said there was no evidence ever happened, and lead to renewed questioning about the impartiality of the FBI’s probe.
In any case, Lazar is believed to have hacked into email accounts of about 100 victims between 2012 and 2014. They include prominent political figures such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a relative of former President George W. Bush and Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton White House aide and an unofficial adviser to Clinton. Clinton is now the Democratic nominee for president.
Lazar first leaked online memos Blumenthal sent Clinton that were addressed to her private email account, which was used during her time as secretary of state to conduct both personal and work business in lieu of a government account.
Here is Guccifer’s television interview with NBC News from a Romanian prison, before he was extradited to the USA.