A hacker going by the handle “Guccifer” claims to have stolen emails of Bush family members and acquaintances — obtaining confidential info and private photos that show Bush Sr. was on death’s door and Bush Jr. likes to paint himself in the shower.
Yahoo reports the Secret Service is investigating the breach.
The Smoking Gun, which broke the story, reports that the accounts breached include the AOL account of Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of George Sr., whose emails reveal just how grave Bush 41’s condition was during his recent hospitalization:
The hacked e-mails reveal that Bush’s health was so perilous in late-December that the former president’s chief of staff wrote his children to inform them that “your dad’s funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. just to go through all the details.” The Bush aide, Jean Becker, noted that this information “fell under the broadening category of things NOT TO TELL YOUR MOTHER.”
Another email reveals Bush Jr. was “thinking about a eulogy” and wanted to gather input and memories:
Hopefully I’m jumping the gun. But since the feeling is that you all would rather me speak than bubba, please help.
“Bubba” is Bill Clinton.
Guccifer stole the following photo of Bush Sr. on what could have been the former president’s death bed. Like many of the other photos Guccifer nabbed and posted online, it bears the hacker’s prominent watermark.
Another email, forwarded by adviser Valerie Jarrett, includes a personal message from President Obama expressing concern over Bush Sr.’s health:
Michelle and I haven’t wanted to impinge on you while you are recuperating, but please know that we are thinking of you and the entire family.
The leaked photos include artwork by George W. Bush, who has avidly taken up painting in his retirement. One is a self-portrait of W. in tub, and another shows him in the shower. Weird.