A White House staffer’s was the victim of an email hacking which saw a photo of Michelle Obama’s passport leaked. According to DC Leaks, Ian Mellul’s, 22, emails leaked on September 21. The website published 14 months worth of his emails. Other information includes Hillary Clinton’s schedule, Joe Biden’s schedule as well as the revelation that Clinton’s staffers are paid $150 per day.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Former Mayor of His Hometown Said Mellul Is a ‘Future President’
The former Mayor of Delray Beach, Florida, Jeff Perlman, was Mellul’s mentor, according to a 2013 Sun Sentinel article. In that piece Perlman described Mellul as, “a future mayor of Delray and a future president.” Mellul spoke about his ambitions to be mayor saying, “It is the next logical step for me,” and mentioned that he was a sophomore at George Washington University.
On his LinkedIn page, Mellul says that he graduated from GWU in 2015 with a degree in political science and was active in the school’s Greek life as a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He has worked at the White House since January 2014 and previously worked on Bill Nelson’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.
In one of his leaked emails, from April 2015, Mellul lets a teacher know that he will be late for class due to commitments to the First Lady. He writes, “I am very sorry about the last minute nature of this email. I am on the advance team for Mrs Obama, and they bumped up our meetings today on site in VA (they were supposed to be tonight!) I hate missing class more than anything else, I hopefully should be back I DC by 430, and I will sprint to the lab.”
While a student at George Washington University, Mellul was photographed leaning over the barriers to congratulate the school’s basketball star Joe McDonald on a victory.
2. Mellul Is an Accomplished Magician
Mellul is a native of Boynton Beach, Florida, and is a registered Demorcrat, according to online records. One online profile says that Mellul graduated in the top five percent of his Boca High School class and that he’s an “accomplished magician.” That bio also includes a personal motto that reads, “learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
3. Since the Hack, Mellul Has Deleted Most of His Social Media Profiles
Since news of the hack, Mellul has deleted his Twitter and Facebook pages. On his Twitter page, Mellul described himself as a “Frequent flier” and “Pizza aficionado.” He adds, “#ImWithHer.” His profile photo showed him with Vice President Joe Biden. In August 2015, he participated in a Twitter question and answer session with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asking the mayor, “Are you still using a fork and knife to eat your pizza, Mayor? #NotJudging @BilldeBlasio, #BDBchat.” De Blasio did not respond.
4. Clinton’s Campaign Staffers Share Hotel Rooms & Have to Get Public Transport to Airports
Mellul works in scheduling with the Secret Service for events involving First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. He’s also involved in the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to the DC Leaks website.
Speaking to the Daily Mail via email, a DC Leaks spokesperson said, “he leaked files show the security level of our government. If terrorists hack emails of White House Office staff and get such sensitive information we will see the fall of our country.”
Information shared in the emails shows the scrutiny that both Biden and Obama’s schedules go through, including the number of steps each will travel when they arrive at a venue.
The staffer pay for the Clinton campaign breaks down as: “a day rate for full work days and 1/2 of that rate for travel-only days. The rate for leads is $150 ($75 for travel-only); the rate for press leads, site leads and RONs is $110 ($55 for travel-only); the rate for credentials, S2/P2s, and motorcade is $75 ($37.50for travel-only).” Team members also must share hotel rooms and take public transportation to airports for flights between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
5. Mellul Joins Luminaries as Colin Powell & Billionaire George Soros in This Latest Email Hack
Earlier in September 2016, DC Leaks claimed responsibility for the leaking of emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Those correspondence reveal Powell’s negative opinion of GOP candidate Donald Trump as well as his lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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