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. nothing new here

    This is the kind of stuff that gets civil liberties groups in a uproar.
    There is no reason for this. What is even worse, is that our own government can search our private e-mails, at any time, for any reason.

    February 8, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Zeibodique

    I guess it's considered hacking when you're on the receiving end of the "PATRIOT ACT" or is hacking when it's not the government initiating the intrusion? The Bush's got a taste of what happens to a bulk of Americans daily.

    February 8, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Rosslaw

    What could the Bushes possibly have to hide-exept for money laundering, their close association with the Saudis, the disappearance of scores of billions of dollars in cash insanely brought into the choas of the Iraqi war, and all the other reasons even the republicans, who field candiates that believe Galileo was the spawn of Satan, were too embarrassed to invite shrub to their national convention.

    February 8, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Bob

    Bush deserves to be exposed in any way possible.

    His family has trashed this country ENOUGH.

    February 8, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |

    When the Patriot Act backfires........

    HOW SO?

    February 8, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I did'nt know the Crawford village idiot could write, but Bush Sr. should not have to deal with this invasion of his privacy.

    February 8, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Daremonai

    @nothing new here

    That is what makes public reactions to such things so mixed. While two wrongs do not make a right, many groups are unhappy about the incremental increase in government power and surveillance that we have been seeing over the last 60 years... and the non-organized-crime hacker culture is particular annoyed, esp since they have been scapegoats for so many things latetly.

    February 8, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Kris

    Why would anyone want to hack the Bush’s email account? Perhaps, to find a bevy of misspelled words and funny pictures of monkeys smoking cigarettes that held GW’s attention for a few seconds?

    February 8, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. MacInBlack1970

    Ugh, can't believe I voted both times for that clown!

    February 8, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Facts don't Lie

    Regardless how you may feel about the Bushes NOBODY deserves this kind of treatment. I hope they find who did it and expose them.

    February 8, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Old Soldier

    RHINO Bill: no it isn't a direct assault on national security...but it IS an assault on two ex-Presidents and their families. That is the job of the Secret Service. Anyone taking overt steps to hack into their private conversations might actually place them at risk (make public where they will be at a certain time and place for a sniper, etc) or s caste into more physical manifestations. I'm not a fan of GW and never fully trusted his father (to much time in the CIA), but they are private citizens who devoted much of their lives to America and its citizens. They were, are, and always will be out in public like other private citizens will never be. Personal info such as medical info goes beyond HIPPA sensitivity. Common courtesy and respect should keep decent people out of these folks' lives. But common courtesy and respect seem to be lost arts to too many people. The fact you CAN hack into private and medical information doesn't mean you SHOULD hack into it. Remember the recent suicide of an innocent hospital worker because some idiot shock jocks "hacked" into hospital channels? The shock jocks didn't access the royal family's computer, but did access the family over the health issues of Princess Kate. Same concept, different commo. Americans need to step back from all the social networking garbage and delving into personal lives. Leave others alone. This goes beyond illegal and creepy: it goes to electronic peeping Tom crappolla. Tchuss!

    February 8, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. CT

    So they used the Patriot Act... here's your sign Washington

    February 8, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Starbuck

    If that's the only way to expose these two Criminals, I can accept that! They had no problems tapping into anyones email & phones under the Patriot Act....

    February 8, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Just An Average Guy

    Intelligence gathering would be futile with those emails

    February 8, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Bonnie

    I agree with Bob!!!

    February 8, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Patines

    Hmm. How safe is the safety protection around the untouchables?

    February 8, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    All the hacking is useless if it don't reveal where the WMDs are hidden.

    February 8, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Ugh, can't believe I voted both times for that clown!
    Ugh, I can't believe you owned up to that ( I voted for him the first time around) lol!!

    February 8, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. dsangiovanni

    Maybe they found it !! WMD at last !!

    February 8, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. dsangiovanni

    Maybe they found those WMD at last !!

    February 8, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Fred Evil

    If you have nothing to hide, what is there to fear, right conservatives?
    Dumb idea hackers, W's an idiot, but this will only engender him sympathy.

    February 8, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. PatheticCNN

    Two Great President of USA. Sr is a Flamboyant while Jr is Comassionate. Compare this with Current One Used Car Salesman Look a Like.

    February 8, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. laodegan

    Email is not, and never has been, a private communication method. Oh well.

    February 8, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    while Jr is Comassionate
    Diid you mean comatose?

    February 8, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Starbuck- And Obama kept it and EXPANDED it!.

    February 8, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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