Looks like Trump’s claims that nobody in his campaign had contact with Russia is hitting yet another speed bump on the road to hell. Roger Stone, a Trump campaign adviser turned confidant, admitted to having conversations with the Russian hacker responsible for hacks on the Democratic National Committee as well as John Podesta.
“It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” Stone told the Washington Times in regards to private Twitter messages he exchanged with “Guccifer 2.0,” a Twitter account associated with a known hacker infamous for cyber attacks throughout the U.S and Canada.
Guccifer 2.0, not to be confused with Guccifer, a Romanian hacker, is known by U.S officials to be a persona created by Russian intelligence in order to discredit the claim that Russia interfered in the U.S election.
Stone, of course, had no problem spreading the Russian propaganda on the right wing site, Breitbart. We will not be linking to Mr. Stone’s article as we do not link to Nazi websites. We prefer referring to white nationalists in the original German.
Stone even gave transcripts of his conversation with the hacker where it was a “thanks for sabotaging my nation” love fest between the two. We apologize ahead of time for the deplorable grammar. (See what I did there?)
According to the Washington Times:
“In one of the messages dated Aug. 14, Mr. Stone said he was “delighted” that Twitter had reinstated Guccifer 2.0’s account following a brief suspension. Two days later, Mr. Stone again privately messaged the Twitter account and asked for it to retweet a column he had written about the prospects of the 2016 presidential election being “rigged.'”
‘”wow. thank u for writing back, and thank u for an article about me!!!” Guccifer 2.0 wrote Mr. Stone in the interim, referring to the Breitbart piece. “do u find anything interesting in the docs i posted? i’m pleased to say that u r great man,” Guccifer 2.0 wrote in an Aug. 17 message to Mr. Stone. “please tell me if i can help u anyhow. it would be a great pleasure to me.'”
Stone continued to deny his contact with Russia even as he admits to having a conversation with the account associated with the Russian hacker. Then again, Mr. Stone works with Info Wars and Alex Jones, he might think it’s Obama now and that he was conspired against.
We will be closely following this story as it develops.