Roger Stone’s Messages Suggest He is Unnamed Person in New Russia Indictment

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Greg Nash

Stone said on CNN Friday night he is "probably" the person referred to in the indictment.

The longtime GOP operative also claimed that he had "never denied" that he was the person referred to in the indictment, saying he "didn't understand the earlier reference".

"On our about June 27, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, contacted a USA reporter with an offer to provide stolen emails from 'Hillary Clinton's staff.' The Conspirators then sent the reporter the password to access a nonpublic, password-protected portion of dcleaks.com containing emails stolen from Victim 1, by Lukashev, Yermakov, and their co-conspirators in or around March 2016".

"Please tell me if i can help u anyhow...it would be a great pleasure to me, '" the message said.

The indictment said the hackers targeted Hillary Clinton's campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to "release that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and through another entity". But US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a Friday press conference that he notified Trump about the indictments "earlier this week" and that he was "fully aware of today's actions by the Department". 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.

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"First of all, I think this should change the mind of any Republican voter that doesn't want to Donald Trump to be impeached", Nunberg said.

Stone, who campaigned for Trump and previously admitted to having directly communicated with Guccifer, stated he believed it was incorrect to characterize Guccifer as a Russian agent and that it was merely "guessing".

The culprit that had been identified for months as alleged Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0, has been revealed to be a "fictitious persona" created after the Russian government was accused of hacking the DNC and DCCC.

"Leaking after the fact", Stone added, "impossible". It also claims the conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, "received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. There is no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers", Rosenstein said. "The conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent".

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