I just read the whole indictment.
If you have time, read it. It’s only 29 pages and it’s a spy thriller. You, like me, should be amazed at how much secret internet information can be plucked out of the air by investigators. Indeed, if you read the startling specifics of how the Russians stole so much data, you’ll immediately consider changing your own internet usage and strategies.
For me, there are three specific mentions that caused me to sit back suddenly in my chair and make noises similar to the ones I made when I saw Jaws. Except without the fear.
Page 2, ¶ 2, line 8 says…”GRU officers who knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other, and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury (collectively the ‘Coconspirators’)…”
My interpretation: …”with persons known…to the Grand Jury.” Since the indictment names the Russians who tampered with our election, “persons known” should mean Americans.
So I’m thinking further indictments will get quite specific about those “Coconspirators.” They’ll be naming names. Who do you think it will be? I’ve got my ideas.
Now jump to pages 17-19, ¶¶ 47-49. You may get as excited as I did when I read about “Organization 1,” which facilitated the release of the stolen emails. It actually took me a couple of seconds to remember Wikileaks, and Julian Assange. But I’m thinking that’s what Organization 1 is. And I’m also thinking — since this indictment quotes the misspelled Organization 1 communications with the Russians — another indictment will at some point be naming Assange. Which we’ve all been expecting, haven’t we?
So, in good thriller mode, I’ve saved the biggest twist for last.
Pages 15-16, ¶ 43a, and I’m going to bold and enlarge this because that’s how stunning it is:
“On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate’s opponent.”
So maybe it’s him, except I don’t think he needed info on his opponent in 2016. He has, as one report noted, “sailed” through re-elections.
But Ron Johnson, he who just bowed and scraped before top Russian officials during his ill-timed visit to Moscow with other GOP congresspeople, needed help against Russ Feingold, as I’ve charted here.
Take a look at the dates: the indictment cites August 15, 2016 when the candidate requested stolen documents, and as my chart shows, at August 25, 2016, Ron Johnson was polling 12.5 point behind Russ Feingold.
Whoever it is, this indictment makes it clear that the member of congress knowingly asked the Russians to provide him with information. That, I believe, is conspiracy and we should look forward to a further indictment which would, I think, name him.