Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser and longtime personal friend Roger Stone has recently admitted that he had contact with Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 during the the election – the same hacker who stole and released Democratic Party emails. But Stone still insists that the contact was limited and benign, and that he doesn’t even really know who the hacker is. However, Stone just slipped up and revealed a personal detail about the hacker that could only be known by someone who knows the hacker well.
During an on-air interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Roger Stone said the following: “Let’s finish with Grucifer. My communication with her is now entirely public.” Oops. Nevermind the fact that Stone referred to Guccifer as Grucifer; he’s made that mistake before, and that’s not the point. It’s what he said directly afterward. Stone referred to Guccifer as “her.”
And that’s a problem for Stone, because up to now he’s insisted that he’s only received a few incidental Twitter direct messages from Guccifer and that he has had no substantive contact. But there is no way that Stone could have known Guccifer is a woman unless he’s had the kind of personal conversations with her via Twitter direct messaging where that kind of detail would be shared, or he’s Facebook friends with her and saw her profile picture, or he’s had a video chat with her, or he’s met her in person, or social interaction along those lines.
In other words, Roger Stone just slipped up and admitted that he knows Guccifer 2.0 far better than he’s been letting on. That nullifies his defense that his contact with Guccifer was brief and incidental, and it lends credibility to the theory that Stone coordinated with Guccifer to rig the election on Donald Trump’s behalf.
Watch Stone slip up and admit he knows Guccifer is a woman:
— Jonathan Beeley (@foreignpolicy77) March 27, 2017
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report