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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Guccifer, the Illuminati-obsessed hacker with a penchant for accessing and leaking the private emails of political elites and revealing George W. Bush’s artistic endeavors, has reportedly been arrested in Romania.
According to reports, the man behind the high jinks is 40-year-old Marcel Lazar Lehel, a resident of Arad who was convicted of several other computer crimes in 2012.
As Guccifer, the hacker has attacked the email accounts of D.C. power players like Colin Powell and Sid Blumenthal, as well as entertainment industry moguls and stars like Steve Martin and “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes. Since he never expressed explicit motives, many reporters concluded that Guccifer was in the hacking game with an almost purist commitment to mischief. He did, however, write about his fear of a New World Order. “I tell you this the world of tomorrow will be a world free of illuminati or will be no more,” the hacker once pronounced.
Lehel will likely face hefty charges for his cybercrimes, but in the meantime we give our thanks to the hacker that made that self-portrait of a showering George W. Bush public.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)