America's indictment of Russian hackers underlines the cyber risks facing U.S. politics

Stone, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, initially told the Hill on Friday that he didn't think he was the unnamed person, but reversed course later that day when he appeared on CNN. In the brief exchange, the hacker told the Trump ally: "Thank u for writing back...do u find anyt [h] ing in the docs i posted?'"

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".

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.

"I think that they're referencing Roger", Nunberg said Friday evening. "I was not in regular contact with campaign officials".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that no Americans are accused of having knowingly conspired with Russian intelligence officers.

Mueller's team alleges that Guccifer 2.0, a "hacker" created as a front for the Russians, hacked into the Democratic National Committee in September 2016. 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.

Trump told the Washington Post he made a decision to terminate Stone, "because he no longer serves a useful function for my campaign".

Just because Stone wasn't named, does not mean it would signal one way or another if he is being looked at by investigators, Epner said.

"Leaking after the fact", Stone added, "impossible". The documents mention Guccifer 2.0 "communicated with US persons about the release of stolen documents". "There is no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers", Rosenstein said. Stone, during the 2016 campaign, was also in touch with WikiLeaks, which published thousands of the stolen Democratic emails online, and is believed to be the "Organization 1" mentioned in Friday's indictments, as Vox also reported.

In what is possibly an astonishing coincidence, but probably not, that very night, according to the new indictments from the Department of Justice, Russian hackers "attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton's personal office. 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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