A photograph that was apparently pilfered from the cache of emails shows Bush, 88 years old, infirmed in a hospital bed, likely taken when he was being recently treated for bronchitis. The photos and emails were uploaded this week to an online account, reported The Smoking Gun website.
The assumed hacker, who calls himself “Guccifer,” claimed to have taken “a lot of stuff,” including some “interesting mails” about Bush’s hospitalization as well as about other members of the Bush family, according to the website. The hacker gathered telephone numbers, home addresses, and other information about family members that was sourced from emails sent between 2009 and 2012.
Some of the information included emails between U.S. sportscaster Jim Nantz and the elder Bush about playing golf and visiting the Bush home in Kennebunkport, Maine. One email even included the four-digit passcode used by Nantz to enter through the security gate at the Bush home.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) wrote in a Dec. 27 email that his father displayed “kindness and good nature,” and he noted, “how kind he was with President Clinton and he helped restore his sordid reputation. A very tough thing to do but with kindness, dad probably helped Bill Clinton than anything he himself has done.”
In a Dec. 26 email, former President George W. Bush wrote that he was “thinking about [a] eulogy” for his father, but added, “Hopefully I’m jumping the gun.” He said, “But since the feeling is that you all would rather me speak than bubba, please help,” apparently referring to former President Bill Clinton as “bubba,” who the younger Bush referred to as a “brother” in the hacked emails due to Clinton’s apparently close relationship with George H. W. Bush.
Other family photos show the elder Bush with Clinton at the Bush family compound in Maine.
Officials from the U.S. Secret Service told the Houston Chronicle that the agency is looking into the matter of how the hacker gained access to Bush’s email account.
“We are investigating the incident,” Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said. “Beyond that I can’t get into anything else.”
Some U.S. lawmakers expressed outrage over the hacking.
“Hacking has become a serious problem,” stated Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) according to the Chronicle.
“Unfortunately, there are those who mean ill will to decent, honest, hardworking Americans. My heart goes out to the Bush family over this invasion of their privacy,” he said. “The sad truth is that America has enemies all over the world and we need to remain diligent at every level, including Cyber Security.”
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