In the latest high profile revelation from the Ashley Madison hack, a billionaire hedge fund manager and GOP donor – who slammed Hillary Clinton earlier this year for being married to a “liar and a cheat” – had a paid subscription to the infidelity website.
The name and email address of Dan Loeb was among the huge data dump released by hackers referring to themselves as “The Impact Team,” information of which he confirmed to Gawker is real.
Gifting over $1.2 million to the GOP and conservative Super PACs, Loeb’s dislike for Hillary Clinton became known early this summer when in a Facebook post, he suggested she was in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband who thinks she’s a lesbian:
My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning, and when I confront him, he denies everything. What’s worse, everyone knows that he cheats on me. It is so humiliating. Also, since he lost his job 14 years ago, he hasn’t even look for a new one. All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around and shoot the bull with his buddies, while I have to work to pay the bills. Since our daughter went away to college he doesn’t even pretend to like me, and even hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do?
Grow up and dump him. Good grief woman! You don’t need him anymore! You’re running for President of the United States. Act like one.
The post was quickly deleted and Loeb claimed that it was from an “old meme” that found its way onto his Facebook page “inadvertently.”
One year before that Facebook post (and a decade after his wedding), Loeb signed up for Ashley Madison, the now-notorious website designed to make it easy for people to cheat on their spouses. The profile in question is tied to Loeb’s private Gmail address, and includes his correct zip code and a birthday that matches Loeb’s but makes him six years younger.
In a statement, Loeb said that being a “prolific web surfer,” he visited the site out of curiousity.
“Did I visit this site to see what it was all about? Absolutely – years ago, at the time I was invested in Yahoo and IAC and was endlessly curious about apps and websites,” Loeb said. “Did I ever engage or meet with anyone through this site? Never. That was never my intention — as evidenced by the fact that I never provided a credit card to set up an account.”
When Gawker’s Sam Biddle asked Loeb why he entered “discreet fun” as an interest on a site he had no intention of using, he had an answer at the ready.
“That field was part of going on the site and I gave a brief line that sounded plausible,” he replied.
Loeb’s statement also doesn’t explain why he checked his private messages on an account he never used to “engage” with anyone. The profile data shows that the last time he did so was on December 9, 2013—eight months after he joined Ashley Madison.
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