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Briton use Reince Priebus guise to email White House communications chief after employ of paranoid schizophrenic
A British prankster who tricked the former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci into an email slanging match has said he targeted him because he use paranoid schizophrenic as an insult.
The anonymous hoaxer, believed to be a 39 -year-old from Manchester who has had mental health problems, pretended to be Scaramuccis White House rival Reince Priebus and baited him by saying that he was breathtakingly hypocritical and at no stage have you acted in a manner that is remotely classy.
Scaramucci, who was fired by Trump on Monday following a foul-mouthed outburst at White House colleagues, apparently believed he was having an email dialogue with Reibus and replied: You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.
The prankster uses the pseudonym Sinon Reborn, after the snoop Sinon who conned the Trojans into taking the wooden horse into Troy in Virgils Aeneid.
The hoaxer replied: I cant believe you are questioning my ethics! The so-called Mooch, who cant even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.
Scaramucci fired back: Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the style and will prosper. I know what you did. No more the responses from me.
The prankster, whose online profile says he works full-time, pranks as a pastime and has three cats. He has previously duped the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and Barclays boss Jess Staley by setting up fake email accounts. In the last month he has claimed to have pulled off a string of of hoaxes involving senior Trump administration figures, including pretending to be Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, his sons Eric and Donald Jr, and Jon Huntsman Jr, the next US ambassador to Russia.
Excerpts of email conversations purporting to be with members of Trumps inner circle posted by the hoaxer on Twitter appear to show Eric Trump, Huntsman and Scaramucci all responding to him. The Guardian has not been able to verify the excerpts, but the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckerbee Saunders, said: We take all cyber-related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further.
Earlier this year, Sinon Reborn raised a question about his hoaxes by operating a poll on Twitter that asked: Do you think everything I post is real? Im intrigued to know how my pranks are perceived.
The suspected email breaches in Washington compound the embarrassment for the White House after Scaramucci was fired after only 10 days in the job, during which he described Priebus as a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac in a phone conversation with a journalist from the New Yorker.
Sinon Reborn said on Twitter on Tuesday: I targeted Scaramucci as Ive suffered from mental health problems all my life, and he seems to think paranoid schizophrenia is a putdown. He said he was in rehab 3 months ago. But he appeared to be enjoying his moment of renown and said: Just goes to show. Follow your calling, even if it seems utterly mental and unconventional. Life is fun at times.
He also told the White House: FYI I wont be pranking you any longer, point constructed. Im simply a dude with a iPhone, you need to tighten up IT policy. love xx
In one hoax email exchange demonstrated to CNN in which he apparently posed as Kushner, the hoaxer wrote to the official White House email account of the homeland security adviser Tom Bossert: We are arranging a bit of a soiree toward the end of August. It would be great if you are able make it, I promise food of at least comparible[ sic] quality to that which we eat in Iraq. Should be a great evening.
Bossert replied: Thanks, Jared. With a promise like that I cant refuse. Also if you ever need it my personal email is[ redacted ].
After Sinon Reborn sent a hoax note to Huntsman Jr pose as Eric Trump, the future ambassador to Russia responded: Thanks for a thoughtful note. Russia will be a challenging but without doubt rewarding assignment. Best to their own families. Hope to connect at some point.
Fake Eric responded: Oh youre welcome, Jon. Perhaps we could have Dad sat on a pony, top off, dedicating the full Putin! Hes in better shape than his suit indicate[ sic ].
Extracts from fake emails
Fake Reince Priebus to real Anthony Scaramucci
Personally Id get rid of dumb and dumber, the Trump sons. Considering them posing with various bits of animal theyve shot is the biggest overcompensation for under developed testicles Ive ever had the adversity to watch In my humble, Anthony.
Fake Anthony Habgood( chairman of the court of the Bank of England) to Mark Carney, the Banks governor
Im having a Summer Nights-themed soiree on Saturday 17 June. As much martini as you can take. Are you free?
Carney : Sounds ideal. Will check at home and at work. Habgood : Excellent. Ive hired some rather dashing bar ladies( is that PC ?). If you ask for the crystal glass, youll be able to admire their enchanting dexterity. I keep those glasses low down, ha! You dont reach my age without knowing all the tricks.
Carney : Sorry Anthony. Not appropriate at all.
Fake Priebus to Scaramucci
I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud-free, but after reading your tweet today, which states how soon the authorities concerned will learn who in the media has class and who hasnt, has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way thats even remotely classy, yet you believe thats the standard by which everyone should behave towards you.
Scaramucci : You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.