Hacker Arrested for Breaking into Bush Family, Colin Powell’s Emails

Guccifer released paintings by George W. Bush
Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush

Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush / AP


Guccifer, the hacker who published George W. Bush’s paintings and emails from Colin Powell, was arrested in Romania on Wednesday.

Guccifer was identified as 42-year-old Marcel Lazăr Lehel, according to the International Business Times.

Lehel had accessed the email account of George W. Bush’s sister in February 2012. He published various paintings by George W. Bush and also released information about George H.W. Bush’s health while the former president was in the hospital.

According to the report:

Koch’s account also contained a note from her brother, Neil Bush, on the state of their father’s health. The elder Bush’s health was deteriorating at the time and he was briefly in intensive care. As part of the email chain, George W. Bush wrote that he was “thinking about a eulogy” for his father, adding, “hopefully I’m jumping the gun.” …

Guccifer struck again over the summer, sending the Smoking Gun emails between a Romanian diplomat and Powell, which forced the former secretary of state to deny an affair with 45-year-old Corina Cretu. While Powell admitted that the emails were “of a very personal nature,” he denied sleeping with Cretu.