The Chicago Tribune reports that the Republican operative who wanted to obtain and publicize emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, Peter W. Smith, committed suicide shortly after he spoke to a reporter about the matter.
According to a Minnesota state death record filed in Olmsted County that The Chicago Tribune reported on, Smith committed suicide on May 14, days after he talked to the Wall Street Journal about his hunt for Clinton’s emails.
The police found a suicide note that said that there was “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” involved in his death.
As the Tribune reports, Smith wrote about a downturn his health condition took and an expiring life insurance policy in the note. Smith committed the suicide at the Aspen Suites in Rochester, which is known as a “hotel used almost exclusively by Mayo Clinic patients and relatives.”
As The Wall Street Journal reported in June, Smith contacted hackers in order to gain access to the emails that he believed were hacked from Clinton’s server and claimed he had ties to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. According to what Smith told the Journal, he wasn’t able to authenticate the emails several hacker groups offered him,so he “told all the groups to give them to WikiLeaks.”
The report states that Smith spoke to the Journal 10 days before his death.
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