Last week, a Romanian hacker that goes by the online handle “Guccifer” was flown 3,700 miles, halfway around the world, from Romania to the United States while he was already serving a seven year prison sentence.
Guccifer, real name Marcel Lehel Lazar, is accused of hacking close Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal’s email. This hack is what brought Clinton’s use of a private email server to the public eye, and it’s no coincidence that he was extradited just as the investigation in Clinton’s emails has begun heating up.
According to a Fox News report on the extradition:
Former law enforcement and cyber security experts said the hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, could – now that he’s in the U.S. – help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server was compromised by a third party, one that did not have the formal backing and resources of a foreign intelligence service such as that of Russia, China or Iran.
“Because of the proximity to Sidney Blumenthal and the activity involving Hillary’s emails, [the timing] seems to be something beyond curious,” said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division from 2012-2014.
This could be the second major witness against Clinton. The Justice Department has already granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano, a former Clinton aide who worked on her personal email server, in exchange for his cooperation in the investigation.