A Republican political operative in Florida received a large cache of data stolen from the Democratic National Committee and posted it on his blog last summer, according to a new report.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Aaron Nevins runs a blog called HelloFLA.com under a pseudonym. He reached out to the hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 and asked him to send incriminating DNC documents he had in his possession.
Less than two weeks after that, Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes worth of stolen DNC documents.
Nevins then wrote about the information and posted some of the documents on his blog, the links to which Guccifer 2.0 sent to Roger Stone, a former advisor to then candidate Donald Trump.
Nevins told the Journal he "just threw an arrow in the dark" regarding his initial request to the hacker. When he looked through the information he was given, Nevins "realized it was a lot more than even Guccifer knew that he had."
The blog posts on HelloFLA.com have been reported on in the past, but the Journal's revealing of Nevins as the man behind the blog is new information.
The Journal report contains screenshots of online conversations between Nevins and the hacker as they discussed the information that had been uncovered.
Nevins told the Journal he has not been contacted by any authorities regarding the investigation into Russia's meddling in the U.S. election last year. Some believe Guccifer 2.0 has ties to Russian military intelligence.
Stone and other Trump campaign advisers have been suspected of having potential contacts with Russians. Stone has denied doing anything wrong.
Democrats have insisted for months Russia played a role in stealing documents from its computer network, which were made public — and hurt the party — during the campaign. Cyber experts believe Russia might have been behind the hack.
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