New email hack reveals Secret Service details, purported scan of Michelle Obama passport

Michelle Obama.
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On Thursday, self-proclaimed "hactivists" with reported links to the Russian government published about 18 months of emails stolen from the Gmail account of a low-level Democratic operative, revealing mostly routine, detailed information about the scheduled movements of Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and First Lady Michelle Obama at past campaign and police events. The hacked documents also contain a purported scan of Michelle Obama's passport, the names and cellphone numbers of Secret Service agents, and the Social Security numbers of some Clinton campaign donors.

The hacked emails of 22-year-old Ian Mellul, essentially a White House volunteer, were posted by DC Leaks, a new site that also posted the hacked emails of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Security experts and U.S. officials say the group is a front for a broad Russian government effort to sway or disrupt the U.S. presidential election, though DC Leaks claims to be Americans pledging to "publish a large amount of emails from top-ranking officials and their influence agents all over the world." Mellul, The New York Times notes, "hardly fits either description. His low-level job ranks just above that of an intern."

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