Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin claims the FBI offered him money and citizenship if he would accept responsibility for the Clinton email cyberattacks.
Nikulin is currently being held in a Czech prison. He claims Comey’s FBI offered him citizenship and a free apartment for taking the fall over hacking Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
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Yevgeny Nikulin was arrested in October 2016.
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.
MORE— He claims FBI wanted him to claim 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.