Trump Adviser Roger Stone Admits Messaging With Alleged DNC Hacker

Kristopher Drake
March 12, 2017

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.

However, the fact alone that the conversations took place could invite further scrutiny into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

The Twitter exchange took place after the DNC leak, following a Breitbart article penned by Stone.

Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump's and a former consultant on his 2016 campaign, told the Washington Times on Friday that his conversation with Guccifer 2.0, the person or persons believed to be responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee, was "completely innocuous". Stone told The Times in an email Thursday evening. Guccifer 2.0, however, denied any kind of links to Russian Federation, according to Business Insider. USA agencies believe Guccifer 2.0 is an online persona adopted by a Russian hacking group.

"I myself had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence or anyone fronting for them or acting as intermediaries for them", Stone said in an email to Salon about The Smoking Gun's report. Trump recently fired Michael Flynn from his job as national security adviser after it came to light that Flynn hadn't been direct about his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

"It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it", Stone told The Times of a private Twitter conversation he had with a hacker known as "Guccifer 2.0".

The hacker contacted Stone, calling him a "great man", for writing about him, and offered, "please tell me if i can help u would be a great pleasure to me".

The paper says it obtained the messages.

Stone says the exchanges with Guccifer 2.0 were harmless. Stone said he was "delighted" that Twitter had reinstated Guccifer 2.0's account following a brief suspension.

'How does one collaborate on a matter after the fact?'

Stone said he had no knowledge that Wikileaks was going to publish hacked Clinton campaign emails during a pivotal time in campaigning, allegedly delivered to the website by Russian intelligence in order to influence the presidential election.

Last week, Stone echoed the president's claims that the FBI's investigation into the president's staff ties with Russian Federation was becoming a "witch hunt".

But Stone waves off these accusations, saying that the timeline of events doesn't support the speculation of collusion with the Trump campaign.

Although Stone denies knowing Wikileaks was set to publish the hacked emails, he had tweeted in August 2016 a prediction about the leaked information.

Stone tweeted on August 21, "Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta's time in the barrel".

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