A political operative who tried to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from the Russians was found dead after committing suicide, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Peter W. Smith, 81, was found dead in his Minnesota hotel room with a suicide note and a “carefully prepared file of documents,” the paper reports.
Just days earlier, Smith admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he tried to obtain Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers.
He killed himself 10 days after the interview.
Smith was found in his hotel room near the Mayo Clinic with a bag over his head that had a source of helium attached.
The Rochester police say the note he left apologized to authorities and said that his death involved “no foul play whatsoever.”
He wrote that he killed himself because of a “recent bad turn in health” and “life insurance of $5 million expiring.”
More, via Chicago Tribune:
The Journal stories said that on Labor Day weekend last year Smith assembled a team to acquire emails the team theorized might have been stolen from the private server Clintonhad used while secretary of state. Smith’s focus was the more than 30,000 emails Clinton said she deleted because they related to personal matters. A huge cache of other Clinton emails were made public.
Smith told the Journal he believed the missing emails might have been obtained by Russian hackers. He also said he thought the correspondence related to Clinton’s official duties. He told the Journal he worked independently and was not part of the Trump campaign. He also told the Journal he and his team found five groups of hackers — two of them Russian groups — that claimed to have Clinton’s missing emails.