A Russian hacker claims that the FBI offered him money, a home and citizenship in the U.S. if he falsely admitted to conducting the Clinton email cyberattacks.
According to Yevgeny Nikulin, Comey’s FBI offered him a lucrative deal if he agreed to take responsibility for ‘hacking the US election.’
Nikulin, who was arrested in October 2016 and is currently being held in a Czech prison, claims the FBI were desperate to justify the whole Russian hacking narrative to the American public.
The Washington Times reported:
A Russian man wanted by the Justice Department on charges connected to hacking U.S. companies now claims the FBI offered him immunity in exchange for accepting responsibility for cyberattacks targeting former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Yevgeny Nikulin, the alleged hacker, laid the claim to Russian media Thursday in a letter sent from a Czech Republic prison cell amid an international extradition battle currently underway between Washington and Moscow.
FBI agents promised Mr. Nikulin money, American citizenship and a free apartment for taking the fall over hacking Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, he alleged in a letter published Thursday by Nastoyashchoe Vremya, a Russian-language website.
- “They told me: you will have to confess to breaking into Clinton’s inbox for [President Trump] on behalf of [Russian President Vladimir Putin],” Mr. Nikulin wrote, as translated by The Moscow Times.
He also claims the FBI wanted him to falsely ‘admit’ that he was working for Putin.
The Moscow Times reported:
- The cyberattack has been widely blamed on Kremlin-backed hackers.
“[They told me:] you will have to confess to breaking into Clinton’s inbox for [U.S. President Donald Trump] on behalf of [Russian President Vladimir Putin],” Nikulin wrote. In exchange, his interrogators promised U.S. citizenship, an apartment and money, he said.