Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Roger Stone Admits to Communication With DNC Hacker

Roger Stone Admits to Communication With DNC Hacker

Reports from the intelligence community said Guccifer 2.0 was used to publicly release the data from hacks, but that the hacks themselves were conducted by Russian Federation. In the article, he accused the press of "repeating Hillary's spin" by attributing the DNC hack to Russian Federation. This was after Stone published an article at Breitbart News supporting Guccifer 2.0's claims of sole responsibility for the hack of the DNC.

On August 14th, Stone sent Guccifer 2.0 a direct message on Twitter saying he was "delighted" to see the hacker's account reinstated, The Washington Times says.

But a report released by the USA intelligence community in January said it assessed "with high confidence" that Russian military intelligence was behind the Guccifer 2.0 persona.

Stone initially said he did not remember ever exchanging private messages with Guccifer 2.0, whom he has referred to in the past as a 'hero'.

Two days later, Stone asked Guccifer 2.0 to retweet a column he had written, the reportsays.

Stone said he had "completely innocuous" conversations with the hacker, adding that "it was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it", the Washington Times reported.

The DNC emails were hacked in June 2016 and Guccifer 2.0 revealed itself a day after the news of the hacking came in.

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He also wrote that he had provided the hacked emails to WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website, which publicized the hacks the next month.

Republican strategist Roger Stone, a longtime associate and former campaign advisor to Donald Trump, has confirmed to several outlets that he communicated during the Presidential campaign with Guccifer 2.0, a pseudonymous figure who had claimed credit for hacking the Democratic National Committee. Stone. "please tell me if i can help u would be a great pleasure to me".

The Smoking Gun reported earlier this week that USA authorities had obtained private messages sent between the two accounts during the course of conducting a federal investigation.

Trump last month denied that he or any of his campaign staff members maintained contacts with Russian officials.

'How does one collaborate on a matter after the fact?' US officials believe that individual is linked to Russian Federation. But in a Breitbart story published on August 5, Stone pushed back on that suspicion and accused Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign of "dishonest blame-casting".

Stone denied any connection to the hacks at the time. The FBI is investigating, as are the House and Senate intelligence committees.

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