United States indicts 'Guccifer' hacker, extradition not promised

The U.S. government has indicted Romanian hacker.

Published Fri, Jun 13 2014 1:46 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

The United States Justice Department indicted Marcel Lazar Lehel, a Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," accused of stealing personal information and posting it online. In a Romanian court last week, the hacker was sentenced to four years in prison for his activities, and it's unknown if the U.S. will try to extradite him after release.

United States indicts 'Guccifer' hacker, extradition not promised | TweakTown.com

The U.S. could try to extradite Lazar to face trial once he's released from prison in Romania. No official request has been made to the Romanian government, but prosecutors could be waiting.

Guccifer was responsible for hacking George W. Bush's email account, posting personal self-portraits the former president created. He also released email correspondence of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and European Parliament member Corina Cretu, trying to hide an affair.

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