A “prankster” from the United Kingdom successfully tricked key White House officials by posing as leaders in the Trump administration. The fraud was done through a series of emails, CNN reported on Monday night.
The Britain based emailer was able to present himself as White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and recently-nominated ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. CNN received the emails from the “prankster” himself. In one of the emails where he posed as Kushner the message was sent to Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert.
“Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August,” the “prankster” pretending to be Kushner wrote to the official White House email account of Bossert. “It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparable [sic] quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening.”
Bossert just replied, “Thanks, Jared. With a promise like that, I can’t refuse,” and proceeded to include his email, CNN said.
The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN, “We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further.”
The “prankster also was able to convince former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci that he was Priebus and they exchanged several emails shortly after Priebus left his position in the administration.
“I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free,” the prankster posing as Priebus wrote, “but after reading your tweet today which stated how; ‘soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn’t,’ has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that’s even remotely classy, yet you believe that’s the standard by which everyone should behave towards you? General Kelly will do a fine job. I’ll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don’t expect a reply.”
It has been reported that Scaramucci replied to the fake email writing, “You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.”
The prankster followed up with Scaramucci saying that he had “nothing to apologize for.” Scaramucci then noted, “Read Shakespeare. Notably Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.”
The fake emailer was not finished, he sent emails to Scaramucci posing as Jon Huntsman, the new ambassador to Russia. Apparently, like Huntsman, the emailer asked about “whose heads should roll” in the feud between Scaramucci, Priebus and Stephen Bannon.
The prankster tried to fool Eric Trump, posing as Donald Trump Jr. But Eric caught on quickly and gave this reply: “I have sent this to law enforcement who will handle from here.”
The prankster told CNN that their intentions were not malicious and were intended to be fun. “I try and keep it on the humorous side of things,” the email prankster said. “I’m not trying to get the keys to the vault or anything like that.”
The email prankster tweets under the name @SINON_REBORN, where he posts his pranks and describes himself as a “lazy anarchist.” In June, he hoodwinked Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs and Michael Corbat of Citigroup, and he did the same to Barclays CEO Jes Staley in May. Staley, thinking he was being emailed by Barclays chairman John McFarlane, praised the man he thought was his colleague in effusive detail, saying among other things that he had “all the fearlessness of Clapton.” The prankster said Staley was the most surprising of the responses, because it was the first one and because “he responded in such gushing detail.”
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