Roger Stone Also Communicated With Guccifer 2.0
I say ‘also’ as we know all about his ‘back channel’ discussions with Julian Assange-through an intermediary. He says the intermediary is a good media friend of his. He won’t give their name-though allegedly this was an entirely innocent conversation.
“Stone not only seems to have been a psychic about the Podesta emails but according to what he said on CSPAN back in August, 2016, he also talked to Assange about hacking Hillary’s 30,000 emails. Evidently to make good on Trump’s request to Russia to hack her emails.”
One very important assertion in the Steele Dossier is that Russia used Wikileaks to release the hacked emails for plausible deniability.
Which is pretty smart. After all, the libertarians on the Bernie Left think Assange is some sort of hero.
Indeed, Stone himself called Assange a hero in that CSPAN interview.
As for Stone’s ties to the Russians-besides the claim of the dossier that Wikileaks was just a front for Russia-remember his lobbying partner is Paul Manafort.
And now it turns out that Stone also had communications with Guccifer 2.0-who leaked the DNC emails right before the Dem Convention that got Debbie Wasserman-Schultz fired:
“In the months before Election Day, a longtime confidante and political consultant for Donald Trump was in contact with the Russian hacking group that U.S. intelligence officials have accused of illegally breaching the Democratic National Committee’s computer system and the e-mail accounts of Hillary Clinton campaign officials in a bid to aid Trump, The Smoking Gun has learned.”
“The contact between Roger Stone, the Trump associate, and the Russian influence operation came via private messages exchanged on Twitter, according to a source. Stone’s contact was with “Guccifer 2.0,” an online persona that U.S. officials say was created by Russian government officials to distribute and publicize material stolen during hacks of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Gmail accounts used by Clinton staffers like John Podesta, the campaign’s chairman.”
“Though “Guccifer 2.0” maintained that he was a lone “hacktivist” committed to “fight all those illuminati,” a U.S. intelligence assessment concluded with “high confidence” that the G.R.URussia’s military intelligence service, was operating the “Guccifer 2.0” persona, which communicated through Twitter, a WordPress blog, and a series of burner e-mail accounts.”
So what does Roger Stone say to these accusations? It’s what he doesn’t say that’s notable. He doesn’t say they’re false.
“Stone said he thought his “entire communication” with “Guccifer 2.0” “was on twitter for the world to see.” The “brief exchange was public,” Stone contended. The 64-year-old Stone, who revels in his reputation as a dirty trickster, added he was unsure that the “Guccifer 2.0” on Twitter “is really him.” With the exception of “Guccifer 2.0” replying to one Stone tweet and directing a second tweet at the Republican operative, their Twitter accounts reflect no public back-and-forth communication.”
Not if they were DMs.
“The “@GUCCIFER_2” Twitter account was used by the hackers to publicize material stolen in the DNC, DCCC, and Gmail incursions. The account also hyped the publication of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s e-mails on Wikileaks and retweeted calls for support for Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In late-July, “Guccifer 2.0” began following Stone, the only Trump World figure among the small group followed by the hackers.”
Give The Smoking Gun credit for their dogged vigilance. They’ve been on the case:
“Beginning in mid-June, for nearly four months TSG had intermittent contact with “Guccifer 2.0” via the “@GUCCIFER_2” Twitter account and several e-mail accounts (from which hundreds of stolen documents were transmitted to the site)”
“In late-August, TSG asked “Guccifer 2.0” about contact with Stone. After wondering, “why r u asking?,” “Guccifer 2.0” then accused TSG of receiving reportorial guidance from federal investigators: “the fbi’s tracing me, reading my dm [direct messages] and giving u hints. no?” When further pressed, “Guccifer 2.0” said, “i won’t comment on my conversations with other ppl.” The self-professed “freedom fighter” added, “why r u so interested in stone? he’s just a person who wrote a story about me. or i don’t know some important stuff?”
“Guccifer 2.0” surfaced on June 15, a day after The Washington Post reported that the DNC had been hacked and that security experts concluded that the Russian government was behind the intrusion.”
“In an e-mail to TSG, the hackers wrote, “Hi. This is Guccifer 2.0 and this is me who hacked Democratic National Committee.” After bragging that the DNC hack was “easy, very easy,” “Guccifer 2.0” noted that, “The main part of the papers, thousands of files and mails, I gave to Wikileaks.” Attached to the introductory e-mail were an assortment of documents stolen from the DNC’s servers.
“While “Guccifer 2.0” subsequently shared additional documents with TSG and other reporters (and posted stolen material to the WordPress blog), the most damaging DNC material appeared on Wikileaks in late-July, days before the Democratic National Convention opened in Philadelphia.”
The FBI subsequently opened a criminal investigation into the hack run out of the San Francisco office according to two of TSG’s sources. It’s not know whether they have enough info to indict Guccifer yet.
Back to Roger Stone:
“The FBI also has an ongoing counterintelligence investigation that is examining possible links between several Trump loyalists, including Stone, and Russian officials. That investigation, aided by a multiagency working group including CIA and National Security Agency officials, has involved the review of intercepted communications and financial records, according to press reports.”
“Responding to media reports about the counterintelligence probe, Stone recently told the pro-Kremlin RT network that he had read that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had approved the wiretapping of his phone calls and the monitoring of his e-mail accounts. “I don’t know if that’s true. I’m told that there’s a grand jury convened,” said Stone, who did not specify where he had learned about the supposed interception of his communications.”
As I’ve said all along regarding Russiagate:
1. Never underestimate Roger Stone. He’s a very important player here as he is on so many big operations in Republican dirty tricks over the years; he may have written the Canucks letter that took out Edward Muskie in 1972; he was a major organizing force behind the Brooks Brothers’ riots that shutdown the 2000 recount; he got Al Sharpton to run in the Dem primary in 2004 to call Howard Dean a racist-in so many words.
Stone-and Donald Trump-funded Sharpton’s run. I have recently theorized that this is why Sharpton despite all his hemming and hawing about an endorsement as early as February never endorsed Hillary Clinton. Guess he never could be sure which candidate would be better for the Black community.
Sure Jeff Sessions is an old fashioned segregationist but Sharpton saw no reason to do everything in his power to stop him from becoming AG.
Stone was also instrumental in fighting back against the story of George W. Bush’s failure to serve his term in the National Guard. He went AWOL. Stone and friends successfully moved the goalposts in the debate from the truth to whether or not the documents were authentic.
2. Keep your eye on Anthony Weiner. There was a setup here. Roger Stone I strongly suspect was part of it.
Louise Mensch-who has been right on so much that initially was dismissed as farfetched-argues that Weiner was catfished by the Russian hackers; ie, he never sexted a 15 year old girl as he has been accused of-which gave the FBI and the NYPD the excuse to seize his laptop-which ultimately led to the Comey letter.
Any real Congressional hearings must investigate this entire case. They must old hearings on Comey and the FBI’s conduct in Emailgate-compare and contrast it with the handling of Russiagate.
And we simply must have an exhaustive timeline of what happened with Weiner. How did he come to be arrested, was he catfished or otherwise setup. The initial story of him sexting with his son on his chest in August was itself a honeypot operation.
Just like Roger Stone was so prophetic about the Podesta emails, Sydney Leathers was very sure that Weiner was still sexting after Weiner’s documentary came out and just a few weeks before the Weiner was again caught sexting.
Of course it was a Republican and the Post was following him. The mongoose sexting partner was the one honeypotting him. Going back to Breitbart, Weiner has been the gift that keeps on giving for the Right.
Once upon a time, LBJ and JFK were serial womanizers and yet left in peace. In the 1990s, Bill Clinton was battered and bruised over his affair with an intern. But the GOP failed to run him out of office.
Now Anthony Weiner-who never even had any actual sex so far as we know-not only saw his own career destroyed and his own reputation muddied beyond redemption, but then they used him as a bowling ball and destroyed Hillary Clinton’s career.
Yes, you might say the rules for men in politics have changed. But then how do you explain ‘President Trump.’
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