There’s been a new development in the ongoing saga of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin. In an interview with Washington Times, Donald Trump’s campaign adviser, Roger Stone admitted that he had had a private conversation with the hacker who was was partially responsible for the leaked Democratic National Committee emails.
For his part, Stone insists that the conversation was innocent and had nothing to do with the illegal hacking of the DNC’s private server.
‘It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it.’
Stone insists that his conversations with the hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 were innocent. However, the intelligence community believes that Guccifer 2.0 is a code name used by members of the Russian intelligence community.
In one message, Stone told Guccifer 2.0 that he was “delighted” that his Twitter account had been restored. In another message, Guccifer 2.0 thanked Stone for an article he had written about him on the alt-right website Breitbart.
‘wow. thank u for writing back, and thank u nald for an article about me!!! do u find anything interesting in the docs i posted’
In another message, Guccifer 2.0 praised Stone as a “great man” and offered to help him in anyway that he could.
‘i’m pleased to say that u r great man. please tell me if i can help u anyhow. it would be a great pleasure to me.’
However, the most interesting thing about Stone’s interactions with Guccifer 2.0 might not even be in the private messages, but in a tweet he sent out last year.
‘Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel.
A few weeks after Stone sent out that tweet, Podesta’s emails were hacked and released to Wikileaks. Despite this timing, Stone insists that he did nothing wrong.
‘Even if [Guccifer 2.0] is/was a Russian asset, my brief Aug. 14 correspondence with him on twitter comes AFTER I wrote about his role in the DNC hacks (Aug 5) and AFTER Wikileaks released the DNC material. How does one collaborate on a matter after the fact?’
Regardless of the nature of their correspondence, Stone’s revelations come at a poor time for the Trump administration, which is facing increased scrutiny over Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
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