On March 15, 2013, one day after Guccifer accesses Blumenthal’s account, the US-based website the Smoking Gun publishes an article about this and reveals that Guccifer has sent screenshots of emails between Blumenthal and Clinton. (The Smoking Gun, 3/15/2013)
The next day, Guccifer sends emails to dozens of news organizations around the world, but especially in the US and Russia, and the screenshots are included. He sends the emails from another account he’s broken into in order to hide his true identity.
The Smoking Gun publishes a story on this on March 18. (The Smoking Gun, 3/18/2013)
The leak attracts little attention at the time, though some media outlets like Salon, Gawker, and The Russian Times cover it on March 19 and 20. (Gawker, 3/19/2013) (Salon, 3/19/2013) (The Russian Times, 3/20/2013) An article in Gawker asks, “Why was Clinton apparently receiving emails at a non-governmental email account?” (The Washington Post, 3/10/2015)
Despite this, Clinton does not shut down her server at all, and on March 20, her private email account hosted on the server will still be active. (Gawker, 3/3/2015)