Following the high-profile indictment of Trump ally Roger Stone, evidence detailing the extent to which he colluded with Russia has come to light.
In a late Friday filing, the Special Council cited search warrants issued last year against online accounts associated with Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). Those warrants established that 11 Russian officers created the false persona “Guccifer 2.0,” an entity with which Roger Stone had extensive conversations.
These filings and cases relate back to the 2016 campaign, and the attempts by the Russian government to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails the day President Trump asked them to.
Stone has claimed he believed Guccifer 2.0 was a single individual, an “innocent” Romanian hacktivist. The new filing also presents evidence that Stone had direct contact with WikiLeaks.
“Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1 (WikiLeaks),” the filing states.
Prior to the Friday night filing, all that was known is that Stone attempted to contact Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, through intermediaries. The new filing shows a path of contact between WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, a Russian GRU creation.
Stone’s attorneys have objected to this case being labeled as related to the Russian hacking case.
Stone has been indicted on charges of witness tampering, obstruction of a Congressional investigation, and lying to Congress about his communications with WikiLeaks. The last of those charges seems remarkably likely to stick in light of Friday’s evidence.
In particular, Stone is accused of perjury for indicating he had a backchannel to WikiLeaks. In particular, that the backchannel was a New York radio host named Randy Credico. It now appears that not only was Credico not the backchannel, Stone was in fact in direct contact with the radical transparency hacker collective.
Credico is also the witness Stone allegedly tampered with — he threatened his dog.
Roger Stone pleaded not guilty to all charges before striking the iconic “Nixon pose” outside the courthouse.