- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2015

Emails allegedly from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal account are being offered to the media for a half-million dollars, but the messages said to have come from the presidential hopeful actually may have been online for years.

Radar Online reported Thursday that a self-proclaimed computer specialist had approached the entertainment website and offered to sell a trove of emails taken from the Democratic front-runner’s personal email account for $500,000.

“Hillary or someone from her camp erased the outbox containing her emails, but forgot to erase the emails that were in her sent box,” an insider told the website. “If these emails get out to the public domain, not only is Hillary finished as a potential presidential nominee, she could put our country’s national security at risk.”

As proof of having obtained the emails, the supposed computer whiz supplied Radar with the subject lines of the messages up for sale. “H HIGHLY IMPORTANT! Comprehensive Intel Report on (with attachment)” reads one; “H Latest French Intel in Algeria hostage Sid” (with attachment)” another.

But a cursory Google search suggests the emails in question actually surfaced online in 2013 after a hacker using the handle “Guccifer” breached the email account of Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and released its contents.

The subject lines of the emails offered to Radar are identical to those given to the media two years earlier by the Guccifer hacker. The Smoking Gun, one of the sites that originally covered the Blumenthal hack, revisited the story in March and posted screenshots from the aide’s inbox, as did the Zero Hedge financial blog.

Marcel Lazăr Lehel was arrested in Romania in 2013 and convicted of cybercrimes related to the Guccifer incident. In an interview earlier this year, Lehel said he faces charges in the U.S. for the Blumenthal hack and said “I’ll plead guilty, no problem.”

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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