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MORE ON REPUBLICAN WHO SOUGHT CLINTON’S E-MAILS FROM RUSSIAN HACKERS COMMITTED SUICIDE (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Saturday, July 15, 2017, 12:39 @ baconbits

“NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER,” a suicide note recovered by authorities read.

Days after speaking with The Wall Street Journal about his attempts to work with Russian hackers to obtain deleted e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, Republican operative Peter W. Smith died of an apparent suicide in a Minnesota hotel room, the Chicago Tribune reports. “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER,” read a suicide note left behind at the scene. “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017 . . . TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.”

Smith, 81, who had implied to those he approached that he was working for former Trump campaign adviser Michael Flynn, though he’d later tell the Journal that Flynn was not involved in his search for the e-mails, was said to be in poor health, former associates told the Tribune. Shane Harris, who wrote the explosive Journal story about Smith weeks ago, said that he “had no indication that [Smith] was ill or planning to take his own life” after the Tribune published its story Thursday. The hotel in Rochester, Minnesota where Smith was staying is known to be frequented by Mayo Clinic patients, but a spokeswoman did not confirm to the Tribune if Smith had been a patient there.

Smith was found with a bag over his head with a source of helium gas attached. According to the Tribune, asphyxiation with helium is a method promoted by the Final Exit Network, a non-profit that offers information to people who suffer from terminal illness and want to commit suicide. Police, who do not suspect foul play, also found a Walmart receipt for “Helium Jumbo,” among other items, although they said they had not reviewed security camera footage to see who made the purchase.

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