A whistle-blower who helped tell tales about the State Department has now found himself the target of a personal email hack and purge, his lawyer said.
Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie's Gmail account was hacked and four years worth of emails deleted, his attorney Cary Schulman told the New York Post.
"They took all of his emails and then they deleted them all," Mr. Schulman said, adding that the hack was conducted in a "sophisticated" manner. "Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he's doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that."
The emails reportedly contained information about misconduct by top departmental officials, as well as messages between Mr. Higbie and members of Congress who are investigating the allegations of misconduct, The Post reported.
Mr. Higbie asked the FBI in Dallas to look into the hacking. It is not clear who carried out the attack.
Mr. Higbie is known for helping another whistle-blower, Aurilia Fedenisn, expose a pattern of alleged coverups by leading State Department officials. Some of the allegations include former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's security detail carousing with prostitutes, and the former Belgian ambassador's hiring of underage prostitutes for a party.
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