Investigation opened into hacked Bush family e-mails
February 8th, 2013
08:25 AM ET
8 years ago

Investigation opened into hacked Bush family e-mails

(CNN) – The United States Secret Service is investigating the hacking and publication of private e-mails between members of the Bush family, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, which were published online late Thursday.

"The Secret Service is investigating this matter," the agency's spokesman Ed Donovan told CNN on Friday.

Jim McGrath, spokesman to George H.W. Bush, said only that "we do not comment on matters under criminal investigation."

George W. Bush's spokesman also had no comment on the hacking.

The e-mails, which included some private photographs of the political family, delved into personal family topics, scheduling matters and contact information for dozens of extended Bush relatives.

The cache of hacked correspondence was posted on a gossip website Thursday, and included e-mails sent between 2009 and 2012.

Late last year, the elder President Bush spent more than a month in a Houston-area hospital after being admitted with bronchitis. He spent a week in intensive care as doctors treated a fever.

The hacked photographs unveiled Thursday included communications and photos during the time Bush was hospitalized.

At age 88, he is the oldest living president and is four months older than former President Jimmy Carter.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn, Gregory Wallace and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Ronald Morris

    Have they checked with Piers Morgan yet?

    February 8, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why do people do appalling things like this? Just because they can?
    I say that law enforcement should show no mercy where none has been given.

    Congress should pass a law making misdemeanors and minor crimes against a current or former POTUS a serious felony consumate with homicide.

    February 8, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Rush Pinhead

    I heard there were emails with angry arguments about how and why the plane to plant the WMD in Iraq failed.

    February 8, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. us_1776


    I'm sure these Bush i d i o t s released their own sorry emails.

    Bushes, just go away. Nobody has any sympathy for you.


    February 8, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Treezuz-VX9-

    I wish people would get this upset when the government hacks my email account without a warrent. I am glad they got hacked they are the ones that wrote the law that says the government can hack your email without a warrent. Criminals runour country and CNN is a front for the New World Order.

    February 8, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. jnpa

    This is scary folks!

    February 8, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Harry 101

    Wow I guess it's just so OK to hack the Bush's email and call people who acceived so much more than both us-1776 and pin head what idiots. Pin and 1776 yep they got it going on...

    February 8, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. BoFo

    I figured it wouldn't take but a moment or two for the creeps to crawl out and attack.

    February 8, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. david

    his father dose not need this.

    February 8, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Ralph

    I don't know if this should be classified as a comedy or a tragedy. It is definitely a crime! In any event!! If they are posted on line, I will not waste my time reading them. That was a period of our history that I would like to forget. It is time that we move on, end the wars, and try to rebuild our economy for children and Grand Children.

    February 8, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. chuck

    @Rush Pinhead – You do realize that more toops have been lost under Obama than in all of Bush's 8 years. Also, lets not forget about the American citizens that were killed in Bengazi as well as the ones taken out with the drone strike on his orders.

    February 8, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Jeff

    What dinosaur still uses email to communicate with people?

    February 8, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. DickPerry

    Are those 2 criminals still at large??

    February 8, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Johnny

    My sympaty goes out to the Bush family for having to deal with this on top of the President's health issues. It is sad that things like this go on, but not surprising that there are at least a few that are amused by something like this in a society where we not only tolerate the majority of the population being inept but also encourage and fund their breeding.

    February 8, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Johnny 5

    I'm amazed Bush Jr can even use a computer. This is a guy that didn't know is left hand from his right hand.

    February 8, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. sc

    this is not news.

    February 8, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Carol

    The sad truth is that there will always be criminals but those who choose to view these emails are just as wrong as those who did the hacking. No different than when terrorists uploaded video of an execution. Those who chose to view that video are just as disgusting.

    February 8, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. v_mag

    George W. can write? Who knew?

    But as much as I despise the Bush crime family, hacking private communications is a horrible thing. Not quite as horrible as lying about WMD, torture, and the deaths of over 100,000 people in Iraq, and so forth.

    February 8, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Texas GOP

    I hope they do publish all the emails so they can see George W. was a hero to the Tea Party folks like me. He got us in to 2 wars that have killed or permanently injured our military personnel. Just thing how the economy is moving ahead because of all the government checks going to all these disabled vets and some vets who just claim to be disabled. Lets all support George W. He made Halliburton richer and even found a place for Dick Cheney. So we need to support all these Bush Losers.

    February 8, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Mike7

    I love the Bush family and wish them well

    February 8, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. pointless1

    There is such a thing as encryption.... Not that it's a fail safe but it does keep the majority away from trying..

    February 8, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. mynamecool

    When the Patriot Act backfires...

    February 8, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. RINO Bill

    I do not understand why the taxpayers' money is being used to pay the Secret Service to investigate this. The Bushes are wealthy private citizens now, let the pay for an investigation. The Secret Service is charted with protecting them, as former presidents, and this is OK ... but hacking their email is NOT an assault on national security.

    February 8, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. gnome411

    George Bush pushed for illegal wire tapping while president. The excuse; "if you have nothing to hide, you should not mind". Well, if George has nothing to hide, he should not mind his emails getting hacked.

    February 8, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Shandra

    I'd imagine the majority of these e-mails were discussing how best to approach a culture where so many people just expect hand-outs and want others to work to give them things which they did not earn. They probably discuss the insustainability of such a society and lament the fall of what was once a great country to the lazy, self-entitled, liberal population. If it wasn't so obvious, I'd say they should have voluntarily made these e-mails public.

    February 8, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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