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The Secret Service is investigating an alleged hacker who gained access to the private emails and photos of former President George W. Bush and his family.
The Smoking Gun.com revealed on Thursday that an account popped up online earlier this week that only exists to host the photos. The site traded emails with the person who claimed to have posted them with a watermark “Guccifer.” In the emails, the person claims to have “a lot of stuff,” which includes “interesting mails” about the elder President George H.W. Bush’s recent time in the hospital.
“Guccifer” hacked into at least six email accounts, including one belonging to Dorothy Bush Koch, George H.W. Bush’s daughter. The other accounts belonged to friends of the families, Guccifer claims. The hacker gained access to emails from 2009 to 2012.
Some emails include a conversation with CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz about a golf outing with the elder Bush. One includes the code to Bush’s security gate.
The emails also reveal new details about Bush’s health, including one message in which his chief of staff tells the children, “your dad’s funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. just to go through all the details.”
Photos include images of George W. Bush painting and George H.W. Bush meeting with former President Bill Clinton in Maine.
The Secret Service later confirmed to Fox News that they are investigating the breach.
“We are investigating the incident,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told The Houston Chronicle. “Beyond that I can't get into anything else.”