Russians targeted by Mueller includes source of 2016 Florida Democrats leaks

Erika Holt
July 15, 2018

Stone has previously acknowledged exchanging direct messages on Twitter in August and September 2016 with Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a Romanian hacker.

Buried in today's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for their role in hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign, is a small paragraph which clearly implicates a 2016 Congressional candidate.

In their correspondence with the "US person", the alleged hackers were pretending to be hacker Guccifer 2.0, and asked whether the material they posted online (a turnout model for the Democrats presidential campaign) was of use.

Stone told ABC News today that he believes the reference to that "US person" in the indictment was him.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller's latest round of indictments, against 12 Russian intelligence operatives, has a slew of Florida connections, including naming the source of the 2016 leaks against some Florida Democrats, including Gwen Graham.

The Mueller's team appeared increasingly focused on whether any associates of Trump knew that the Russian government had hacked emails from the DNC and Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and provided them to Wikileaks during the last presidential election, according to those sources.

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Speaking at a press conference announcing the charges today, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy USA attorney general (pictured at center above), said the indictment (PDF) didn't contain allegations that the hacking had actually influenced the outcome of the 2016 election.

"I think I probably am the person referred to", Stone said in an interview with CNN Friday night - a reversal from earlier in the day, when he told the news outlet that he was likely not the person mentioned in the documents.

Nunberg added that he thought Stone is "a critical piece for Bob Mueller". "And it's benign. So I don't know that it refers to me".

The indictment lays out how the Russian intelligence officers, posing as Guccifer 2.0, discussed how to release the stolen documents to "heighten their impact" on the election with organization 1 providing guidance on timing. This exchange is now entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails.

Nunberg said he expects Roger Stone to be indicted soon as his own time before the Grand Jury convinced him the operative is "clearly a target".

Among the documents was a 2013 internal research report vetting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, who was then running for Congress.

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