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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who has been communicating with WikiLeaks through an intermediary, is claiming that the group will release documents this Wednesday intended to damage Hillary Clinton. Earlier this year, WikiLeaks released documents intended to hurt Democrats that experts say were obtained from Russian intelligence groups who illegally hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Stone tweeted early Sunday morning, “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.”

In July, Wikileaks released internal emails from the DNC leadership that had been stolen from the DNC’s servers. U.S. intelligence agencies and private cybersecurity experts reportedly believe that the Russian government was behind that email theft. Russian hackers are also believed to have hacked the Clinton campaign, the Clinton Foundation, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The top Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have said that “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the US election.”

Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange have engaged in a war against Clinton for several months, includingsuggesting that a DNC staffer had been murdered because he was the “real” source of the hack. Assange said in August that he has “thousands of pages of material” that will be released in order to damage Clinton’s presidential run.

Stone, a racist, sexist conspiracy theorist with a decades-long association with Trump, said in an August speech that he has “communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be.” On September 26, he said that “A very good friend of mine is on his way to London even as we speak to talk to him. I will get a report shortly.”

A July 25 article by King’s College security studies professor Thomas Rid, posted at Vice Media’s Motherboard, warned journalists against treating these and future stolen documents as reliable sources, because “the metadata show that the Russian operators apparently edited some documents”:

Stolen documents leaked in an influence operation are not fully trustworthy. Deception operations are designed to deceive. The metadata show that the Russian operators apparently edited some documents, and in some cases created new documents after the intruders were already expunged from the DNC network on June 11. A file called donors.xls, for instance, was created more than a day after the story came out, on June 15, most likely by copy-pasting an existing list into a clean document.

Although so far the actual content of the leaked documents appears not to have been tampered with, manipulation would fit an established pattern of operational behaviour in other contexts, such as troll farms or planting fake media stories. Subtle (or not so subtle) manipulation of content may be in the interest of the adversary in the future. Documents that were leaked by or through an intelligence operation should be handled with great care, and journalists should not simply treat them as reliable sources.

Politico has also reported on the possibility that any leaked emails or documents could contain forgeries:

Last month, a bipartisan group of 32 national security experts at the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group warned of a specific type of fakery following the DNC hack, arguing that the suspected Russian hackers who struck the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee could “salt the files they release with plausible forgeries.”

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But hacking specialists say the most harmful information might not even be genuine.

“You may have material that’s 95 percent authentic, but 5 percent is modified, and you’ll never actually be able to prove a negative, that you never wrote what’s in that material,” CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch told Politico. “Even if you released the original email, how will you prove that it’s not doctored? It’s sort of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

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20 Responses to Trump Adviser Roger Stone Teases Next Wikileaks Attack On Clinton

  1. I can’t blame Assange for wanting to hurt Clinton but crawling in bed with Trump’s minions will come back to haunt him in the long run. If he’s expecting any kind of support from Trump he should consider the man’s history of lies and backstabbing. If there is a payment of some kind he would be well advised to get it up front. Then again what has he got to lose?

  2. Assange has no Journalistic credibility he has become a new version of a National Inquirer. Waiting for the pictures of him, Stone and Trumpski in bed with aliens from Venus with a byline by Assange.

  3. Assange should be found and forced to stand trial for his crimes. Period. Liars lie, cheaters cheat, rapists rape and so on.

    • LOL – funny how he was once a hero to all liberals – that is until he proves one of your own is dirty as sin. Liberals are the biggest hypocrites.

      • you opinion means so very much to me…thank you for finally telling me how you feel. And I am certain that there are others on this site who feel as I do. You are the new hero here.

        • Your sarcasm would be funnier if your original comment didn’t look like it was written by a 9 year old who only watches Faux News and has no access to Google.

      • (copy & paste from above article) : “manipulation would fit an established pattern of operational behaviour in other contexts, such as troll farms or planting fake media stories.”
        I’ve always noticed the inordinate amount of Anti-Liberal comments posted on sites and soon began to question just how many of those comments were truly from US citzens and how many where Russian Trolls.

    • … Says the person who, rather obviously, has failed to read the most basic facts about the Assange case.

      You also appear to fail at other basic facts such as this rather critical one: We don’t need to “Find” him… Assange is not “lost” or missing. They (and everyone else who actually researches the things they comment about) have known exactly where he is for years.

      I note that you are building up a solid reputation for expressing your opinion without bothering to actually understand the thing you have an opinion about. I’d suggest that you fix this to avoid ridicule, or looking like an average Trump voter who believes that their “belief” and “feeling” about something is more important than the facts.
      Hint: It’s not.

      Proof: Try having a strong belief that jumping off a 10 story building onto a road won’t kill you…. then actually try it. I suspect the facts will triumph over your “feeling”.

  4. Stone is nothing but a mind altering freak, his videos is where people’s opinion of Hillary is manifested, and like a brain virus once they observe the information it’s hard to heal, it starts attacking the heart soon after and they become effect with Trumpoid Fever and lost in oblivion forever.

  5. It took the New York Times about a week to verify, validate, confirm, Trump’s tax returns, which were received anonymously. I don’t think the media has ever afforded Clinton that same courtesy or respect.

    It’s been widely known that any further email leaks may be altered or newly created by WikiLeaks or the Russians. Knowing that, let’s see how carefully, or not, the media will treat this illegally obtained material.

  6. From Russia to Assange to Stone for Trump. Trump is a genius for praising Putin. No proof that any or all of the emails are not forgeries or not doctored. Trump is a genius to make Clinton defend fake emails. Losing almost $1 billion in 1 year in business. Trump is a genius for losing money.

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  9. Watching Alex Jones have a live, on-air meltdown when the Assange press event turned out to be something of a let-down (which is something of an understatement) was the most fun I’ve had in front of a computer in weeks.

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