Bob Mueller’s most forgotten piece of work is his indictment of the 12 GRU officers. If anybody was paying attention, the Special Counsel, in his core indictment of the Russian state, said the GRU didn’t do it alone. They had help, he said, from persons “known and unknown” to the Grand Jury. These persons colluded “knowingly and wittingly”, and Mueller referred to them and the 12 Russian officers as a single entity: ‘The Conspirators”. Did Wikileaks, Assange and the GRU conspire against America in 2016?
This piece argues between that indictment, Julian Assange’s indictment, and a filing in the Roger Stone case, Mueller has shown his plans. Cases will show Wikileaks worked with the GRU to hack the Democrats. And Assange partnered with them since 2010.
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Who Were Russia’s Little Helpers?
In our articles analyzing the Mueller Report, we suggested that Bob Mueller laid a trap for Attorney General Bill Barr. Mueller established, in volume 1 of his report, that the Trump Campaign coordinated with Wikileaks. He said that the evidence did not establish collusion with the Russian government. Barr went much further in his press conference, telling America that this was not a crime because Wikileaks just published the GRU’s material and didn’t conspire with them to do the hacking itself.
As we’ve pointed out, if Assange and GRU did conspire in the hack, Mr. Barr has conceded the criminality of the entire Trump Campaign at a national podium.
So let’s get down to it. Did Wikileaks conspire with the GRU, not just to publish their materials, but in the hacking itself?
GRU Co-Conspirators Are Legally the Russian State
First, let’s take a quick look at the indictment of the GRU military officers, who are definitively ‘the Russian government’. The most important part, for our purposes, is at the beginning.
(Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States).
1. In or around 2016, the Russian Federation (“Russia”) operated a military intelligence agency called the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (“GRU”). The GRU had multiple units, including Units 26165 and 74455, engaged in cyber operations that involved the staged releases of documents stolen through computer intrusions. These units conducted large- scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Duh”, I hear you say. But bear with me. Here, Mueller and the DC prosecutors lay out with brutal clarity that, in the persons of the GRU officers acting as its instrument, the Russian Federation itself (the Russian Government) conducted a conspiracy against the United States to disrupt the election.
Why this matters: Because Mueller was investigating the attack and links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. The GRU are the Russian government; any persons who conspired with them to hack America are part of the Russian government’s action, legally.
Russia’s attack, Mueller says in a single sentence, comprised ‘the staged release of documents stolen through computer intrusions’. “Staged” means that Mueller considers the curation, the ‘big impact’, of releases, to be a core part of the conspiracy. ‘Documents stolen’ comes second in the sentence. ‘Computer intrusions’ can mean both hacking and phishing.
Conspirators Aren’t Americans – But Could Be Australian
The defendants, he says, were
GRU officers who knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other, and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury (collectively the “Conspirators”), to gain unauthorized access (to “hack”) into the computers of U.S. persons and entities involved in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, steal documents from those computers, and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
This, the most overlooked part of the indictment, is the bit that should make Julian Assange wet his pants in fear. Mueller says “the Conspirators” worked with other felons to hack the election. Felons whose names are known to the Grand Jury.
They conspired knowingly and intentionally. That means that these unnamed defendants or future defendants, according to Mueller, were not just publishers. They collaborated in stealing the documents, and staging their release.
Mueller has also concluded his investigation into Americans who worked with the Russian government. So, these secret, “known to the Grand Jury”, other conspirators with the GRU’s hacking – the direct conspirators, who knowingly worked with the Russian state – were not Americans. But they could have been Australians – and citizens of other countries, like Europe.
‘Collectively, “The Conspirators”‘
SCO tells us here that the hack on America and its dissemination was not just carried out by the GRU. It was the GRU + these unknown persons. And he refers to them all as a single group. Both are guilty, and equally representative of the Russian state. ONE ENTITY. That’s what “conspiracy” does for you.
Now, let’s look and see if Mr. Mueller left any ‘GRU Clues’ for us to pick up on.
First, after Roger Stone was indicted, Mueller added the GRU case to Stone’s case as a ‘related’ case based on the common search warrant and underlying criminal contact. Stone fought and lost to get that removed.
Mueller Related GRU Case to Stone The Day After Barr’s Nomination Passed Committee
Incidentally, Mueller added this “related” designation to Stone’s case the day after the Senate Judiciary Committee waved Barr’s nomination through.
Those [GRU] defendants then released many of the stolen documents, including through a website maintained by Organization 1. In the course of investigating that activity, the government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release. Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1.https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5751615/Stone-2-15-Govt-Response-Re-Related-Case-Objection.pdf
Compare this paragraph defending that designation in Stone’s case to the criminal conduct charged to the GRU. This filing says search warrants were on dozens of accounts *in the GRU case* used for ‘transfer…. timing and promotion’.
The GRU indictment says “GRU officers …intentionally conspired …with persons known ..to the Grand Jury (collectively the “Conspirators”),…steal documents… and stage releases”
The FBI didn’t get search warrants linking the the GRU and Stone cases while investigating Stone. Mueller picked up Roger Stone’s comms during the investigation of the Russian government itself.
Searches Of Russian Government Accounts Revealed the Roger Stone Evidence
Again, did we all get that? Mueller said it was search warrants executed in the GRU case that revealed Roger Stone talking to Wikileaks and to the GRU. It is true that Mueller separates these two out – talking to Wikileaks; talking to the GRU. But I’d argue, only because he has not yet indicted Wikileaks as a co-conspirator.
2010 Seems An Important Year To Mueller
Now, let’s go into the WayBack Machine. The year is 2010. I’m running for Parliament.
What was Julian Paul Assange doing?
On or about March 8, 2010, Assange agreed to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on United States Department of Defense computers
OK. ‘assist in cracking a password’ makes it hacking, not publishing.
Say, were there any other people involved in Assange and Manning’s conspiracy, EDVA? Did Assange have any other little helpers, that were part of his conspiracy?
the defendant, JULIAN PAUL ASSANGE, who will be first
brought to the Eastern District of Virginia, did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree with other co-conspirators known and unknown to the Grand Jury to commit
an offense against the United States
Why, thank you so much, EDVA. Sounds kinda familiar, like the GRU case.
Say, District of Columbia. Do you have any notes on what our homies at the GRU were doing back in 2010 when all this was going on?
Defendant IVAN SERGEYEVICH YERMAKOV (Ермаков Иван Сергеевич) was a Russian military officer assigned to ANTONOV’s department within Unit 26165. Since in or around 2010, YERMAKOV used various online personas, including “Kate S. Milton,” “James McMorgans,” and “Karen W. Millen,” to conduct hacking operations on behalf of Unit 26165.
Do The ‘Unrelated’ 2010 Sockpuppets in the 2016 GRU Indictment Point to Assange?
Hmm. What does that have to do with this indictment? Ivan Antonov started a few sockpuppets in 2010, to hack something undefined for the GRU. How does that 2010 incident relate to these charges? They concern Russia’s hack of America in 2016, when it disseminated documents through… uh…. Wikileaks…
In or around March 2016, YERMAKOV participated in hacking at least two email accounts from which campaign-related documents were released through DCLeaks. In or around May 2016, YERMAKOV also participated in hacking the DNC email server and stealing DNC emails that were later released through Organization 1
I think it’s always a mistake for a reporter to assume that what they see is obvious to everyone else. So let me sum it up. Assange, GRU conspire in 2010 – and conspire in 2016.
Wikileaks Is The GRU’s Co-Conspirator: Grand Theory
I believe the Stone and Assange indictments give giant, neon clues that Mueller’s plan, which he has returned to the FBI, is to file an indictment against Wikileaks for colluding with the GRU’s hack on the DNC. EDVA will prove Julian Assange conspired with Russia – their partner – since 2010. I believe ‘Kate S. Milton,’ ‘Den Katenberg‘ and other pseudonyms in the GRU indictment will have been found to have been Julian Paul Assange’s “known to the Grand Jury” co-conspirators in 2010.
If I’m Right, Trump is Toast
Per William Barr, the only reason Mueller ‘did not find’ Americans ‘illegally participated in dissemination’ of Wikileaks is because ‘Under applicable law, publication …would not be criminal unless [Wikileaks] also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy‘.
Well, I got some bad news for you, Billy.
They did. Mueller found the Stone evidence in Russian government accounts. And you’ve just ensured that all of Team Treason are going to die in jail.
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You’re a shill. This is a hatchet job. Are you a journalist or merely the repeater of rumour?
There’s is NO evidence that any GRU group hacked those emails. ZERO. ZILTCH. How can anyone take you or Mueller or half the press in America seriously? How can you base an article on here-say, rumour and downright innuendo? Don’t you realise Assange is a journalist? Worth several thousand of you who produces such unverified clap trap. And remember when these emails were supposedly hacked – Julian Assange was holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London. And no, it a single Trump connection visitors him there, another falsehood. Go write for a student magazine or perhaps just give up writing. This is not journalism. This is commonly called a hatchet job. Who are you working for? Perhaps that’ll give us more insight on what you’re all about. Like what rock did you crawl out from under?
“The GRU is the Russian Government.” This reminds me of Vladimir the Impaler being a KGB agent and how in the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill,” the fictional KGB leader General Gogol told the villain Max Zorin that he would “come back” to the KGB because no one ever left it. I’ve been arguing for years that there’s a lot of truth to this and that Putin has never left the KGB, either. Maybe I’m being hysterical, but that’s just me.