Prankster says he targeted Scaramucci over mental health insult

Briton used Reince Priebus guise to email White House communications chief after use of ‘paranoid schizophrenic’

A British prankster who tricked the former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci into an email slanging match has said he targeted him because he used “paranoid schizophrenic” as an insult.

The anonymous hoaxer, believed to be a 39-year-old from Manchester who has had mental health problems, pretended to be Scaramucci’s White House rival Reince Priebus and baited him by saying that he was “breathtakingly hypocritical” and “at no stage have you acted in a way that is remotely classy”.

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