President Donald Trump and his administration have been under fire for alleged ties with Russia during the U.S. presidential election campaign.
Several of Trump’s loyalists have alleged connections with Russia. However, it has emerged, another confidant, Roger Stone, also had connection with Russia as he admitted that he exchanged Twitter messages with Guccifer 2.0, the online persona that is believed to be created by the Russia government according to U.S. investigators.
It is also suspected that Guccifer 2.0 broke into Democratic National Committee’s computer and email accounts, including John Podesta.
Stone admits he had contact with the hackers but the messages that he exchanged were “completely innocuous.”
“It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” he said.
In one message, Stone wrote that he was “delighted” that Twitter reinstated Guccifer 2.0's account after a brief suspension. In another instance, the hacker wrote to Stone, “I'm pleased to say that u r great man. Please tell me if I can help u anyhow. It would be a great pleasure to me.”
Another example of their private correspondence reveals their connection. Stone tweeted a link to his article on how election can be rigged against Donald Trump. Guccifer 2.0 replied to the tweet saying, “Paying you back.”
@RogerJStoneJr paying u back— GUCCIFER 2.0 (@GUCCIFER_2) August 17, 2016
Investigations by the U.S. intelligence concluded that Guccifer 2.0 was controlled by Russian military intelligence. Last year, a blog published by Guccifer 2.0, claimed credit for hacking into DNC computers. An article published in Breitbart, written by Roger Stone, also credits Guccifer 2.0 for hacking DNC.
The top Trump confidant also tweeted that he had a "back channel" to WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign but was quick to delete it.
The tweet read, “"[N]ever denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary," Stone tweeted late Saturday night. The post was gone after almost 40 minutes.”
Stone stirred up a storm when he claimed during an event that he had ties with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“I actually have communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation, but there's no telling what the October surprise may be,” he claimed.
However, the claim was shot down by WikiLeaks on Twitter.
Stone tweeted that it was former Secretary of States Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s “time in barrel.” Therefore, predicting leaks of Podesta’s emails online for public consumption.
Trust me, it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 21, 2016
Stone’s connection with Russia comes at a very crucial point when the Trump administration is embroiled in several controversies involving Russia ties.
Recently, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn resigned from his position just four weeks after taking office amid the raging controversy about his contacts with Russian officials before the business mogul took office. He also allegedly lied about his secret communications with Kremlin and misled Vice President Mike Pence.
Following Flynn’s resignation, it was revealed Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his contacts with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. According to reports, he had two conversations with the Russian envoy during the election campaign, but he lied to the Senate about it.
Roger Stone—former Trump advisor under investigation for Russia ties—just unraveled, harassed people & admitted to back channel with Assangepic.twitter.com/EAvUM6l8dT— Rantt (@RanttNews) March 5, 2017
I want everyone to know that Roger Stone saying he met with Guccifer 2.0 is literally saying he colluded with Russia. Guccifer IS Russia.— molzy (@bitchyologist) March 11, 2017
So Roger Stone is tight with Wikileaks, which is essentially working with Russia for all intense purposes https://t.co/dMpFHJNIsD— Nada Bakos (@nadabakos) March 10, 2017
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