A self-described “email prankster” from the United Kingdom added insult to (career) injury when he exploited the infamously sour relationship between former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and former Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus — then released the results to the press.
The prankster, known publicly by the Twitter handle SINON_REBORN, contacted Scaramucci on Saturday from a mail.com account made up to look as though it came from Priebus himself.
“I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how; ‘soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn’t’, has pushed me to this,” wrote SINON_REBORN.
“That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that’s even remotely classy, yet you believe that’s the standard by which everyone should behave towards you?,” the email from SINON_REBORN continued. “General Kelly will do a fine job. I’ll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don’t expect a reply.”
The email came the day after Priebus was fired by Trump in what looked like a victory for Scaramucci, which may explain why The Mooch thought it was real. “You know what you did,” Scaramucci replied, likely referring to his accusation earlier in the week that Priebus had released his financial information to the press. “We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.”
SINON_REBORN continued to egg Scaramucci on: “I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called ‘Mooch’, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.”
And Scaramucci replied: “Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.”
The prankster’s fun with the “Mooch” didn’t stop there, though. He also tricked Scaramucci from a gmail account pretending to be Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr. “Who’s (sic) head should roll first? Maybe I can help things along somewhat,” the prankster said as Huntsman.
“Both of them,” Scaramucci replied, seeming to reference Priebus and White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon, both men who Scaramucci has had difficult relationships with.
SINON_REBORN also hoodwinked Huntsman himself, as well as Eric Trump, who thought he was replying to messages from his brother Donald Trump, Jr., and Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, who thought he was communicating with Jared Kushner.
The Prankster gave the entire exchange to CNN only after Scaramucci was fired.
“We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said to CNN.