One of this week’s Trump-Russia nuggets was lost in Trump chaos. To be sure, Stormy Daniels is not the diversion Trump would have chosen. Nevertheless, the media aren’t talking about Guccifer 2.0, and that’s unfortunate.
In January 2017, US intelligence agencies assessed with “high confidence” that Russian intelligence agencies had used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and WikiLeaks to disseminate stolen Hillary Clinton emails. Last week, we learned that Guccifer 2.0 was actually a Russian military intelligence officer.
To understand the importance of the latest Guccifer 2.0 revelation, go to the Trump-Russia Timeline and click on Roger Stone’s name. Here’s a sample of the entries that pop up:
JUNE 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 claims responsibility for the hack of the Democratic National Committee computer system and begins posting the stolen DNC documents online.
AUG. 5, 2016: Writing for Breitbart News, Roger Stone asserts that Guccifer 2.0 has nothing to do with Russia. A few days later, Stone boasts that he is in contact with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
AUG. 12, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 posts more stolen DNC documents.
AUG. 13-15, 2016: Stone communicates directly with Guccifer 2.0.
AUG. 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 posts more stolen DNC documents.
As he exchanges more direct messages with Guccifer 2.0, Stone continues to declare publicly that he is communicating with Assange. As summer turns to fall, Stone also issues prescient tweets about WikiLeaks’ ongoing dissemination of stolen DNC documents, including this one on Aug. 21, 2016: “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary.” And another on Oct 2, 2016: “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.”
WikiLeaks’ drip-drip-drip of DNC documents continues through the election, and so do Roger Stone’s direct communications with WikiLeaks.
On JAN. 3, 2017, the CIA, FBI and NSA release their unclassified report, concluding unanimously, “Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” The three intelligence agencies agree that “the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible.”
The report also states that WikiLeaks had been Russia’s conduit for the effort, writing, “We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”
Roger Stone could not have been pleased on MARCH 22, 2018, when The Daily Beast reported how Guccifer 2.0 blew its cover to reveal the Russian behind the curtain.
Here’s a complete list of this week’s Trump-Russia Timeline updates:
JUNE 2014: Massive Facebook Data Leak Underway; Cambridge Analytica in Contact With Russians (revision of previous entry)
JULY 22, 2014: Giuliani’s Law Firm Warns Cambridge Analytica
NOV. 4, 2014: Cambridge Analytica Works on Midterm Elections, Helps Tillis Win Senate Seat
EARLY 2015: Trump Campaign Retains Parscale (revision of previous entry)
SOMETIME BEFORE JUNE 16, 2015: Lewandowski Meets with Cambridge Analytica
JUNE 2016: Kushner Takes Control of Trump Digital Effort and Hires Cambridge Analytica (revision of previous entry)
JUNE 15, 2016: Russian Hacker Leaks DNC Documents (revision of previous entry)
SEPT. 9, 2016: Papadopoulos Gets Green Light for Interfax Interview
NOV. 10, 2016: Zuckerberg Rejects “Crazy Idea” that Facebook Affected Election (revision of previous entry)
MARCH 20, 2017: Leahy and Franken Ask FBI to Investigate Sessions’ Testimony
APRIL 28, 2017: Leahy and Franken Request Briefing on Sessions Investigation
MAY 12, 2017: Leahy and Franken Ask McCabe for Status Report on Sessions Investigation
MAR. 18, 2018: Prince Hosts Fundraiser for Rohrabacher
MARCH 19, 2018: Trump Tweets “Witch Hunt”
MARCH 19, 2018: GOP Leaders See No Need to Protect Mueller
MARCH 20, 2018: Trump Congratulates Putin on Election Victory
MARCH 21, 2018: Trump Tweets About Mueller, Again
MARCH 21, 2018: Trump Tweets About Putin
MARCH 21, 2018: Sessions Responds to Reports of Perjury Investigation
MARCH 22, 2018: Dowd Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team
MARCH 22, 2018: House Intelligence Committee Votes to Release GOP Report; Trump Tweets
MARCH 22, 2018: Trump Replaces McMaster With Bolton
MARCH 25, 2018: Trump Tweets About Losing His Lawyers
MARCH 26, 2018: Trump To Expel 60 Russian Diplomats and Close Seattle Consulate