Roger Stone, a political consultant and longtime friend of President Vladimir TrumPutin, was reportedly in contact with the Russian hacking “online persona” Guccifer 2.0, which the FBI believes was responsible for the theft and leaking of emails during the Democratic presidential campaign.
Stone allegedly used Twitter (because of course he did) to send private messages to Guccifer 2.0, which claims to be a “hacktivist,” during the presidential campaign, according to the Smoking Gun. U.S. officials believe that Guccifer 2.0 is really a front for Russian military intelligence operatives who were believed to be heavily involved in the leaking of classified emails shortly before the presidential election.
According to a Smoking Gun source, Stone admitted to communicating with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and reportedly exchanged DMs with Guccifer 2.0 on several occasions.
In text messages with the Smoking Gun, Stone claimed that he doesn’t recall exchanging private messages with Guccifer 2.0 and claimed that several people on his staff had access to his Twitter feed.
He later added that he believed his communication with the “hacktivist” was “on twitter for the world to see.”
The FBI is reportedly investigating Stone, who was paid some $50,000 for a few months of work on the Trump campaign before he was fired or he left, depending on whose story you believe, for his contact with Russian officials during the campaign.
The Smoking Gun describes Stone, who has been friends with TrumPutin for decades, as “vain, vindictive, and prone to declarations untethered to the truth.” Sounds a lot like someone else we all know whose name rhymes with “shit bag.”
Fine, it doesn’t rhyme with “shit bag,” but you get the point.
Read more at the Smoking Gun.