As if things weren’t already chaotic enough inside the White House these days, now officials have to contend with an “email prankster” apparently determined to cause mischief and make them all look foolish.
A number of White House insiders, including ex-White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert and the president’s son, Eric Trump, fell for a variety of fake emails sent by the UK-based prankster, according to CNN.
Bossert gave the prankster his personal email address, thinking he was responding to a party invitation sent by Jared Kushner, reported CNN, which got a look at the emails from the prankster himself. Scaramucci (who was ousted Monday, after just 10 days on the job) was goaded into engaging in a bit of email mud-slinging with the prankster, who he thought was his rival, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (Priebus was pushed out Friday).
The ruse is under investigation by the White House.
“We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN.
But the prankster, who uses the Twitter handle @SINON_REBORN (Sinon was the name of the Greek who convinced the Trojans to drag the famous wooden horse into Troy), told CNN he likes to keep his pranking “on the humorous side of things,” suggesting his goal is mockery, not obtaining state secrets or money.
The prankster emailed Scaramucci’s account pretending to be Priebus and using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, according to a screen shot on the prankster’s Twitter feed.
“At no stage have you acted in a way that’s even remotely classy, yet you believe that’s the standard by which everyone should behave towards you?” wrote the fake Priebus, the day after the real Priebus was pushed out and replaced by John Kelly. “General Kelly will do a fine job. I’ll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful.”
“You know what you did,” the real Scaramucci replied, according to CNN. “We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.”
I think what I said to @Scaramucci when I was playing the part of @Reince was actually quite an accurate summary of his behaviour pic.twitter.com/9dPyNwYvUX
— EMAIL PRANKSTER (@SINON_REBORN) July 31, 2017
The prankster also tricked Scaramucci in a separate exchange, this time pretending to be the Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr. He asked Scaramucci whose head should roll first, according to CNN, and Scaramucci, taking the bait, replied: “Both of them,” an apparent reference to his enemies Priebus and White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon.
Now the prankster, who says on Twitter that he works full-time at a day job, is basking in his new-found fame.
Had so many DMs of support/offers. I'm honestly touched. Obv I work full time so hard to keep up, pranking is just a hobby ☺️ x
— EMAIL PRANKSTER (@SINON_REBORN) August 1, 2017
Photo: In this July 21, 2017 photo, incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, right, blowing a kiss after answering questions during the press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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