You may recall earlier this month when we reported on a prankster who tricked Anthony Scaramucci into believing that he was the White House Chief of Staff at the time, Reince Priebus. Now, this same email prankster, who goes by the Twitter username @SINON_REBORN, is at it yet again.
This time, however, the prankster’s target wasn’t a White House official, but rather the editors of far-right website, Breitbart News, including Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow. And this time, he was taking on the persona of recently fired White House Chief Strategist, and current Breitbart Executive Chair, Steve Bannon.
These latest emails were shared with CNN, and are both quite entertaining as well as very concerning. It started off with the Prankster contacting Marlow and bringing up an article by Daily Mail which suggested that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were responsible for Bannon’s forced exit from the White house.
“Haha.. lovely stuff,” the Prankster, posing as Bannon wrote. “So do you think you’ll have them packed and shipping out before Christmas (referring to Ivanka Trump and Kushner)?”
Marlow then responded:
“Let me see what I can do… hard to know given your description of them as evil. I don’t know what motivates them. If they are semi normal, then yes, they out by end of year.”
So in essence, Breitbart was willing to go out of their way and try to influence the Trump administration simply because Bannon had requested that they do so. This shows that they have an equal interest in reporting on news as they do on trying to influence the White House from afar..
When CNN reached out to Marlow, he didn’t really provide any excuses for agreeing to help oust Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. He simply stated:
“The obsession with Breitbart news is simply a result of our effectiveness. This time, an impostor deceitfully obtained and shared with CNN tongue-in-cheek emails that revealed that we feel Globalists present an existential threat to the agenda that got President Trump elected. If people want to know our thinking, they don’t need to judge us on illicitly obtained comments that were intended to be private, they can simply read our front page.”
Surely this won’t be the last time we hear from this prankster. I find it hard to believe that large media sources as well as individuals within the Trump administration are so gullible to fall for pranks from bogus email accounts without verification that the person emailing them is really the person who they say they are.
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