Hacker Guccifer trying to avoid extradition to US

Hacker Guccifer trying to avoid extradition to US
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The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer told Fox News that he hopes to be able to finish his prison sentence in Romania and not be extradited to the United States.

Marcel Lehel Lazar, or Guccifer, was arrested in 2014 for hacking Sidney Blumenthal, a confidant of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKim Kardashian West defends Kanye on Trump: 'He's a free thinker, is that not allowed?' Trump comments on Fifth Amendment resurface after Cohen filing The 'Handmaid's Tale' liberal feminists created MORE, as well as Dorothy Bush Koch, Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Pruitt proposes rule targeting 'secret science' | Dems probe Pruitt's security chief | FAA bill provisions could strip endangered species protections Senators press administration on mental health parity Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses MORE (R-Alaska) and others.

Lazar was in prison in 2016 when a second, unrelated hacker or group of hackers identifying themselves as Guccifer 2.0 leaked documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee. 

Lazar is currently serving a seven-year sentence in Romania, after which he is slated to begin a 52-month stint in United States detention. He told Fox News Friday that he was asking a Romanian court to let him serve the second sentence in Romania. 

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"I want to serve that in my country," he said. 

Lazar is best known for inadvertently discovering that then-Secretary of State Clinton used a private email server. Her alternate email address was in Blumenthal emails. 

Lazar has previously claimed his hacking was an attempt to out an Illuminati conspiracy that enveloped everything from Sept. 11 to the death of Princess Diana, a claim his Romanian prosecutor argued was a ruse to justify his digital hacks. 

In his Fox News interview, Lazar reiterated claims that he had hacked Clinton's private email server, claims that U.S. authorities investigated and could not substantiate. 

He also speculated that Guccifer 2.0 was actually a U.S. government conspiracy spearheaded by the National Security Agency and State Department. 

"The Russians are more skillful than this to let tracks in the documents [point] to them," he said. 

"So this is made by the other guys who wanted [to point] to the Russians."