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George H W Bush photos, emails leaked after hack

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Personal emails and photographs belonging to former president George H W Bush and his family have been stolen by a computer hacker.

The hacker, known as Guccifer, is understood to have targeted at least six email accounts of people associated with the 41st president, including the AOL account of his daughter Dorothy Bush Koch; family friends Willard Hemingway and Jim Nantz; former First Lady Barbara Bush's brother; and George H W Bush's sister-in-law.

George H.W. Bush

© PA Images / Eric Gay/AP



Guccifer attempted to prove the hack by posting some of the stolen pictures online, including images of the 88-year-old Republican's artwork.

The Smoking Gun has secured the images, including two emailed by Bush to Dorothy of paintings he was working on.

One painting is of Bush in the bath, taken from the first-person view, and another is of him in the shower with his reflection in the mirror.

Other images show Bush painting a landscape scheme, and the former politician in a bed in hospital, where he was recently treated for bronchitis.

Another depicts Bush's son, former President George W Bush, stood next to a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself with a moustache drawn on it and wearing a beret.

Among the emails hacked from Bush and his family members, there are said to be notes expressing concern over his health, including one from current president Barack Obama through his aide.

"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 note is quoted as saying.

In a December 26 email sent by George W Bush to his siblings, the 43rd president is claimed to have said that he was so concerned over his father's health that he was "thinking about eulogy".

George H W Bush photos, emails leak after hack

© The Smoking Gun



He also apparently asked for stories that illustrated his father's life. "Hopefully I'm jumping the gun, but since the feeling is that you all would rather me speak than bubba, please help," Bush said, with "Bubba" understood to be a reference to another ex-president, Bill Clinton.

A spokesman for the Bush family confirmed that an investigation into the hack was underway.

"We do not comment on matters under criminal investigation," Jim McGrath told the Houston Chronicle.

But Guccifer seems unconcerned by any potential repercussions from the hack. He told The Smoking Gun: "I have an old game with the f**king b**tards inside. This is just another chapter in the game."

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