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Florida GOP Operative Aaron Nevins received Guccifer 2.0 info and used it

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"One more sliver of information about last year’s hacking of the Democrats came into the open Thursday. And it involves a South Florida connection.

Aaron Nevins, of Plantation, was the recipient of a trove of information from Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that stole information from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the national campaign organization that helps its party’s congressional candidates.

Nevins, outlined in a Sun Sentinel interview how — and why — he obtained and disseminated the information. His identity was first revealed in an article by a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal.

Like many people with an interest in politics, Nevins said, he was riveted by the hacking that afflicted the Democratic Party last year. When Guccifer 2.0 issued an open invitation to any journalist who wanted information, Nevins said he responded affirmatively through a Twitter message. He said he didn’t follow up and didn’t hear anything for 10 days.

Guccifer 2.0 responded shortly before the Florida primary contests in August, he said. Guccifer 2.0 wanted to know his email capacity, and Nevins said he set up a Dropbox account that allowed him to receive a large volume of data — which the hacker deposited there.

“So I get it. And there was a ton of stuff,” he said.

Nevins, a Republican, operates in multiple worlds. Currently, he said he primarily engages in organizing grass-roots campaigns on behalf of clients. He has worked as a registered lobbyist but said he didn’t do any lobbying in 2017. And he’s also worked as a campaign consultant, but none that would have affected by the data that came from Guccifer 2.0.

Nevins said he was acting as a journalist. Until Thursday, he’d operated anonymously as “Mark Miewurd’s HelloFLA!” website. (The name is a play on “mark my words.”)

Guccifer 2.0 is better known for the widely publicized hacking into the Democratic National Committee and providing internal party information to WikiLeaks. Internal emails that showed DNC staffers favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination led to the resignation of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston as chairwoman of the DNC.

It’s been widely reported that U.S. government intelligence community believes Guccifer 2.0 was created by Russia.

After Nevins reviewed the information about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — not the Democratic National Committee — Nevins said he quickly realized several things:

The information appeared accurate, based on his knowledge of Florida politics and the details in the information. He said someone operating far away couldn’t have made up the information because there was too much local nuance.
It was too much to process with the Aug. 30 primaries for congressional, state and local offices just days away.
He needed to publish as much as he could as quickly as possible.
“I took off my [political] operative’s hat and put on my journalist’s hat,” he said. He said he was receiving and publishing information, regardless of where it came from. He said he didn’t want to sit on the information, and be accused of being in possession of stolen documents. He said he didn’t supply it to any campaigns or political operatives.

Political consultant Aaron Nevins asked for and received documents from hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ and posted some on his blog, after which the hacker called the blog to the attention of Trump adviser...

Besides publishing on his own, he said he farmed out some information to reporters in other areas of Florida, providing information that might be interesting to news organizations where there might be upcoming congressional primaries.

“It’s a scoop,” Nevins said..."


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The unsolved case of Democratic National Committee data analyst Seth Rich’s death shares some eerie similarities with many mysterious deaths of individuals linked to former President Bill Clinton and twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Just as in the Rich case, several of the people who died mysterious deaths were shot spontaneously and in public places, sometimes from behind, sometimes by unknown assailants and often just before they were set to release incriminating evidence concerning the Clintons’ activities. In most cases, there were no signs of theft at the crime scenes. And while some of the deaths were ruled suicides, other cases remain a mystery.

Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee as a data analyst and reportedly sent more than 44,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks, including 17,761 attachments, from January 2015 through the end of May 2016. As WND reported, the DNC staffer was reported to have been in contact with WikiLeaks Director Gavin MacFadyen, who died just 17 days before the election of lung cancer.

Rich was mysteriously shot and killed July 10, 2016. As WND reported, Rich was murdered near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. He was shot in the back with a handgun at 4:18 a.m. while he walked home, and nothing was taken from him. Rich, who called several people as he later walked home, was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, Kelsey Murka, when he was accosted a block from his house. He was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:57 a.m.

“If it was a robbery it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money, he still has his credit cards, still had his phone, so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life,” said Rich’s father, Joel, shortly after the bizarre murder.

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On July 22, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks released 20,000 emails from DNC officials.

Those leaked emails revealed, among other things, that the DNC tried to tip the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and prevent Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders from becoming the party’s nominee. The leaks were cited by some Democrats as one explanation for Clinton’s election loss. Many accused the Russians of “hacking” and turning the tide for then-GOP candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

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