The man who revealed thatÂ George W. BushÂ was spending his post-White House years painting self-portraits of himself showeringÂ will spend four years of his life in prison. Marcel Lazar Lehel, better known as hackerÂ Guccifer, was sentenced on Tuesday in a Romanian court.
Guccifer, a former cab driver, rocketed to Internet fame after hacking into the e-mail accounts of leaders across the U.S. and Europe. In addition to lifting the lid on Bushâ€™s stabs at art, he shared images ofÂ George H.W. BushÂ in a hospital bed, and leaked sensitive messages involvingÂ Colin Powell,Â Hillary Clinton,Â George Tenet, and more. The hacker famously broke into some of the accounts by guessing the answers to security questions using publicly available facts.
Meanwhile, Bush Jr. has been having the time of his life,Â exhibiting a collection of his paintings of foreign leaders at his presidential library in Dallas. In an interview with his daughter,Â Jenna Bush-Hager, the former president revealed how he felt about Gucciferâ€™s antics. â€œI was annoyed,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s an invasion of oneâ€™s privacy. And yeah, I was annoyed. And nor do I want my paintings to get out.â€ (Keep in mind that Bushâ€”a man who started wars the United States is still fightingâ€”described being disparaged byÂ Kanye WestÂ as the â€œlow pointâ€ of his entire presidency.)
Bush has said he hopes everyone understands that he paints â€œin the spirit of friendship.â€ Maybe heâ€™ll find it in his heart to forgive a man who stole images of paintings from his e-mail, and perhaps heâ€™ll be so kind as to paint a portrait of Guccifer while the hacker spends four years languishing in a prison cell.