I had not expected to write about rascally Roger again today. (See the post below, which discusses his dealings with Julian Assange, the man currently destroying the CIA.) But the brown-n-smelly has just hit the sharp-n-whirly
Roger Stone, a Donald Trump confidante and longtime Republican dirty trickster, communicated privately with a Russian hacking group identified by U.S. intelligence officials as the culprit in the theft of emails related to the Democratic presidential campaign.
Stone, who is under FBI investigation for his alleged ties to Russia, communicated through private Twitter messages with the “hacktivist” known as Guccifer 2.0 during the presidential campaign, reported The Smoking Gun.
Guccifer 2.0 claimed to be a lone activist committed to “fight all those illuminati,” and Stone promoted those claims, but U.S. intelligence officials believe with “high confidence” that Russia’s intelligence service, GRU, operated the hacker’s Twitter, WordPress and “burner” emails used to communicate with the media — including The Smoking Gun — and other individuals.
A source told the website that Stone, who admitted over the weekend to back-channel communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, exchanged private direct messages with Guccifer 2.0, in addition to exchanges on their public Twitter accounts.
This news explains a lot. It explains why the right-wing sites have recently made such a pathetic attempt to claim that Guccifer 2.0 is not
a front for Russian intelligence. (Oh yes he is, and so was Guccifer 1.0.) It also explains Stone's recent bizarre online behavior. Quite a few people have accused him of tweeting while tipsy.
Could this news lead to an indictment of Roger Stone? Possibly -- if he lied to the FBI.
Trump, however, would remain protected. As you know, Stone and Trump (who have been friends forever) staged a major falling-out early in the campaign. I never believed that this row was genuine. By pretending to have no official part in the Trump campaign, Stone basically became his own cut out: He was free to do the unseemly while remaining plausibly deniable as far as Der Donald was concerned.
Roger considers himself an expert on sartorial elegance -- although for some reason, he hasn't told his pal Donnie that a man's tie isn't supposed to dangle past the knees. Well, Rog, how do you like this
approach to men's couture? Yeah, I know...the trousers need to be hemmed, and that V-neck is a disaster. Maybe they'll allow you a bespoke