Guccifer 2.0, Alan Nevins, and Roger Stone: This is What Collusion Looks Like
I don’t want to go off on a tangent over the Louise Mensch wars and the various characters-Claude Taylor, John Schindler. Malcolm Nance, Naveed Jamali, etc. No, that’s for another post coming soon! LOL
But I was again taken aback to see Jamali on Chris Hayes last night declaring that we should just ‘Russia collusion in the parking lot.’
He keeps saying this was about an intelligence penetration by Russia not election collusion.
RUS penetrated the WH. They had an asset as our NSA for 18 days. Now with Kushner they may have a 2nd. This penetration is unprecedented
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) May 26, 2017
But if the Trump team was penetrated why does this rule out collusion in a cyberhacking operation? I mean it seems to me that collusion could be part of a bigger operation. Why Jamali seems to think this is a bridge too far I don’t know.
The irony is that there was major story on collusion just yesterday. First one in awhile. Roger Stone. Enough said.
The Wall Street Journal broke it, but here’s a little snippet on it by Josh Marshall:
“We seem to have our first full GOP/Rus collusion story, albeit with a relatively low level GOP operative in Florida.”
“Strongly suspect there are many more to come.”
Sure. I mean this was Florida, but this pattern probably repeated in state after state. One complaint-who cares if it was a low level operative? I mean does it matter whether someone ‘low level’ vs. senior gets their hands on the other party’s voter files?
Were G. Gordon Liddy and Howard E. Hunt ‘high level?’ Not officially.
Was Don Segretti ‘high level?’ Certainly not officially. But his Canucks letter arguably did more to secure Nixon’s reelection than anything else-certainly a lot more than the Watergate break-in. Fun fact: Roger Stone was the 19 year old driver who hand delivered Segretti’s letter.
Segretti went to prison for the Canucks letter incidentally. Surely a small price for him to pay in exchange for reelecting old Tricky Dick, I’m sure.
Speaking of Roger Stone:
“The hacking spree that upended the presidential election wasn’t limited to Democratic National Committee memos and Clinton-aide emails posted on websites. The hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout analyses to a Republican political operative in Florida named Aaron Nevins.”
“Learning that hacker “Guccifer 2.0” had tapped into a Democratic committee that helps House candidates, Mr. Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.”
“Ten days later, Mr. Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents, some of which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com that he ran using a pseudonym.”
“Soon after, the hacker sent a link to the blog article to Roger Stone, a longtime informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, along with Mr. Nevins’ analysis of the hacked data.”
Ok. So it was not just the DNC emails but Dem turnout files. Now where did I hear this before? Oh yeah.
“The DNC hack, hosted by Hostkey and Chayanov, would have had access to Vertica, the DNC’s voter registration server. This server had all the DNC’s information on all their voters and where they lived, voting records and so forth. Vertica had the DNC’s voter addresses, campaign modeling and so forth. It was the goldmine. It was everything.”
Yes, Louis Mensch got here first. I enjoy pointing out she was right again as it drives her haters crazy-and also because it’s just a fact.
The Mensch haters can’t let it go.
Mensch et al: My sources tell me it will rain Tuesday. Tuesday: Any day now. Wednesday: I'm told there was a delay. Thursday: I was right!
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) May 26, 2017
So he’s likening information she had about hacked voter files six weeks before the Wall Street Journal as ‘predicting it will rain tomorrow?’
Ok, rant over-for now.
Consider what Mensch said here:
“Vertica had the DNC’s voter addresses, campaign modeling and so forth. It was the goldmine. It was everything.”
This was what GOP Florida operative said when he got it too. Back to the Wall Street Journal:
More impressed after studying the voter-turnout models, Mr. Nevins told the hacker, “Basically if this was a war, this is the map to where all the troops are deployed.”
At another point, he told the hacker, “This is probably worth millions of dollars.”
“Hmmm,” Guccifer 2.0 responded. “ok u owe me a million :)”
Democrats, Mr. Nevins wrote, “spent millions probably to figure out who these people are that are conducive to their message and now it’s exposed for the other side.”
Where all the troops are deployed.
So Roger Stone delivered the Canucks letter and had a big part to do with Watergate 2.0.
For my own party I’ve been pushing on the issue that we have clear collusion of Stone, Assange, and Guccifer 2.0.
My focus here was not voter files so much as directly the voter machines-how do we know they weren’t hacked? The answer is: we don’t. Indeed, soon after the election some academics noticed an arresting discrepancy where HRC”s numbers averaged significantly in districts that used machines and those that used paper ballots.
But in this vein we may be close to another scoop if Anonymous is to be believed:
BREAKING: Anonymous hackers say they have proof Russia hacked into VOTING MACHINES for US election.https://t.co/emKMkLexsT
— Ale (@aliasvaughn) December 16, 2016
They pretty much fell down on the job during the election-but don’t feel bad, so did the NY Times. But this would do a lot to redeem themselves if they can deliver the goods.
What we do know for a fact is that before the election government officials warned of hacking of the machines themselves. After the election we suddenly heard how it was all but impossible to hack election results as you’d have to know how much to fudge or something(!)
Finally what this Wall St. bombshell about collusion shows us is: it’s not just Trump.
— MikeFarb (@mikefarb1) May 26, 2017
Collusion is also about a party:
“GOP strategist admits he colluded with Russian hackers to hurt Hillary Clinton, Democrats.”
“It’s bigger than Trump.”
Yep-Party of Treason. #VichyRepublicans.
L”ast October I was premature with this prediction:
We are currently in the circular firing squad phase. I eagerly await the “Hitler was so pissed the generals let him down that he decided to destroy Germany when he knew that he was going to lose” phase.
“But I still think that’s coming. When a political party has been naughty, there’s a high price to pay. And the GOP has been very, very naughty.”
Yep. The Dems were almost 75 years in the penalty box after being on the wrong side of the Civil War-slavery, secession, etc.
For their disloyalty to their own country for partisan and ideological advantage let’s hope they have their own time in the penalty box-or should we say ‘in the barrel?’
In honor of Roger Stone…
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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