The charges against Roger Stone tie in with a previous indictment by the Special Counsel against members of Russia’s military intelligence (GRU).
Six months ago, Robert Mueller indicted a dozen Russian nationals on a variety of charges directly related to hacking the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party structure. The cyber crimes included stealing email and forwarding them to WikiLeaks, which then published the documents. [U.S. v. Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, et al]
According to the charges against him, Stone initially contacted “senior” Trump campaign officials about upcoming WikiLeak dumps of stolen email. This was in the summer of 2016. After the first batch of email was published in July, there was a regular back-and-forth communication between Stone and the Trump team where he forecasted the substance and timing of email dumps. This puts him at the terminus of the entire Kremlin conspiracy, reporting to members of Donald Trump’s inner circle.
The implications are extremely serious and point to a coordinated effort (collusion) with an American adversary and the political campaign of Donald Trump with Stone acting as the point person.
Below is an excerpt from a previous post in which I discussed Putin’s three-pronged strategy to disrupt the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump. This section explains the Mueller indictment against members of the GRU.
From the Special Counsel’s website:
U.S. v. Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, et al (1:18-cr-215, District of Columbia)
“A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on July 13, 2018, against 12 Russian nationals for their alleged roles in computer hacking conspiracies aimed at interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. The indictment charges 11 of the defendants with conspiracy to commit computer crimes, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to launder money. Two defendants are charged with a separate conspiracy to commit computer crimes.”
This operation is often referred to as Guccifer 2.0. In actuality, it was a team of Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers. Their collective cyber war ran from March 2016 until October 2016 and was directed against members of the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Over 300 people were targeted.
Their outlets included their own entities – Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks. Both masked the GRU origin with the Russians billing DCLeaks as a site run by “American hactivists.” A large number of fake social media accounts posing as Americans were used in this campaign.
This malicious enterprise stole passwords and folders, gained access to private email which was forwarded to their partner WikiLeaks for deniability, injected malware into computer networks and servers, monitored the keystrokes of individuals and domains, stole DCCC credentials, set-up false websites (actblues.com) and all manner of malicious cyber criminality. This indictment appears to implicate longtime Trump ally Roger Stone as a collaborator and his friend, Jerome Corsi.
More specifically, Roger Stone communicated with one or more of the Russian military indicted in this conspiracy under the guise of Guccifer, as he admitted on TV. There were multiple instances of contact, spread across several days in August 2016.
Here’s the interaction from paragraph 44 of the indictment:
Roger Stone is embroiled in a Kremlin-backed conspiracy with military intelligence officers who hacked and stole Clinton and Democratic Party documents, their persona Guccifer 2.0, and WikiLeaks, who released the stolen data. He communicated with high-ranking members of the Trump campaign before, during and after the cyber ops, and coordinated with at least two other Americans in the effort.
Why in the world is he flashing the victory sign?