In the indictment that came down against 12 Russian military intelligence officials on Friday, it highlights communications between a close Trump associate and the Russian hackers, posing as Guccifer 2.0. The Washington Post has the evidence that this unnamed person is our old friend Roger Stone.
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. Stone has said there is no proof the account was connected to the Russians.
But according to criminal charges filed Friday by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Guccifer 2.0 was actually operated by a group of Russian military intelligence officers based in Moscow. The Russians used Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account to send multiple messages to “a person who was in regular contact with senior members” of Trump’s campaign, Mueller wrote in the indictment.
The messages quoted in court papers match exchanges that Stone had with the account, according to an image he posted on his personal website. A person familiar with the investigation also confirmed that the Trump campaign associate referred to in the indictment is Stone.
But here’s the thing: None of that will help him one bit if he ends up being indicted too. “Your honor, the opposing attorney likes to dine on braised fetus with a sauce made of the blood of virgins” is not a legal argument. In fact, it’s likely to land him in jail for contempt. I gotta remember to buy stock in popcorn.