Lewis Hamilton and friend targeted in computer blackmail plot
Unwiped disc palaver
An unemployed man who tried to sell a computer disc that used to belong to the best mate of F1 star Lewis Hamilton has been arrested in Germany.
The man known only as "Dieter" faces blackmail charges after trying to flog a hard disc that was used by Force India F1 driver Adrian Sutil to a German motorsport magazine Bild Motorsport.
The disc - which hadn't been wiped properly - contained Sutil's financial records along with email correspondence between him and Hamilton and (reportedly innocuous) pictures, The Telegraph reports. Sutil’s father Jorge "disposed of the computer some time ago", so it's unclear how it came into Dieter's possession.
Dieter offered to sell the hardware to Bild Motorsport for $16,000. But when Dieter arrived for a meeting to discuss the proposed sale at a station on a motorway close to Munich, he was met by police instead of the editor, who had tipped off the authorities. Dieter faces charges involving the possession of stolen data and blackmail. ®
Why all the Hamilton Hate?
I don't understand this, why are so many people so vitriolic in their dislike of Hamilton? It's not his fault the media have made a huge circus of the fact he's the first black man to drive in F1, and like it or not he is a very very good driver, if still a little green around the gills. Schumacher was no different when he started, the raw talent was obviously there but just needed a couple of years to properly bed into F1.
Don't hate the man, hate the media for the ridiculously disproportionate hype they have built up..
Too true, it made me read it as i like to see things go wrong for the over-hyped not as good as everyone makes out driver.....
Shame he wasn't involved in any Nazi orgies or something and there were pictures on it as that would have given the press a dilemma and a half... golden boy in doing something wrong shocker!!
Hamilton?! Urgh it's like James Allen reporting this...
The story is about Adrian Sutil!