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White House Staffer's Leaked Emails Reveals Secret Service Plans, Michelle Obama's Passport

DC Leaks is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence services

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    The hacking group that leaked former Secretary of State Colin Powell's emails has purported to have breached the email account of a White House contractor, posting a scan of Michelle Obama's passport and a trove of messages online, NBC News reported.

    The emails were sent from the Gmail account of Ian Mellul, a contractor employed as an advance associate at the White House, and includes sensitive information about the first lady and vice president — such as detailed schedules intended for their Secret Service protection.

    The Secret Service Thursday told NBC News it's "aware of the alleged email hacking" and would not, as a matter of policy, provide information about an investigation.

    The group, DC Leaks, is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence services, a federal law official told NBC News.

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    NBC News has not yet authenticated the documents.