The trial of the hacker Guccifer has started. The Romanian man accused of having broken into the email accounts of American officials such as the former state secretary Colin Powell or former First Lady Hillary Clinton will have to justify his deeds in front of the US Justice. The extradition request of Marcel Lazar was approved by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on March 4.
Marcel Lazar, aged 44, now faces nine counts of crimes, including three concerning unauthorised access to protected computers, the Justice Department of the United States announced in a press release, as reported by Agerpres.
Lazar showed up in front of a Federal Court in Alexandria, in the state of Virginia. Other accusations by the prosecution include three counts of electronic fraud and one of identity theft in aggravated form, harassment by informatic means and obstruction of justice.
According to the indictment, Lazar “has broken into the emails and socializing network accounts of high-profile victims, including a family member of two former American Presidents, a former member of the US Cabinet, a former member of the US General Staff and a former Presidential adviser”, the quoted press release shows.
The indictment omits the names of the victims but 2013 saw news sites publishing emails sent to Hillary Clinton by her former adviser Sidney Blumenthal, providing the initial public clues on the unconventional arrangements they used to make by email.
Running at the peak of the Democrat race for nomination at the presidential elections of 2016, Hillary Clinton apologized for having used a private email server for official issues while being a state secretary during 2009 – 2013. The FBI is still investigating the respective case.
“Guccifer” became famous in 2013 after having claimed responsibility for breaking into the emails of George W.Bush’s family and having posted art works by the former US President, including self portraits in the bath tub.
Moreover, the hacker shared emails exchanged by former American state secretary Colin Powell and Romanian MEP Corina Cretu. Powell immediately denied having an affair with her.
Lazar, who worked as a cab driver, was arrested in Bucharest, in January 2014.
According to the American indictment, Lazar “has published private mail by his victims, medical and financial information, as well as private photographs”, the press release issued by the US Justice Department shows.
In Bucharest, the High Court of Cassation and Justice approved on March 4 the request of extradition of hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, alias Guccifer, to the United States of America.
Based on the verdict pronounced by the High Court, magistrates ordered temporary handing over of Marcel Lehel Lazar, during the time of the trial procedures, but no longer than 18 months since he was detained by the authorities of the requesting state.
The FBI officially requested the extradition of Marcel Lehel Lazar, in order to prosecuted by a US Court for having broken into the email accounts of several personalities and having published their private correspondence.