Florida GOP consultant asked for hacked Democratic documents from 'Guccifer 2.0'
Florida Republican political operative Aaron Nevins was sent 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic campaign documents by the same hacker alleged to be behind the release of Democratic National Committee documents and Clinton campaign emails, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The Journal report, which you can read in full here (though it is behind a paywall), is a reminder that every story really does have a Florida connection.
Nevins was also outed in the story as the man behind HelloFLA.com, a political gossip blog where he apparently published some of the documents from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
A brief excerpt of the Journal's reporting:
The hacking spree that upended the presidential election wasn’t limited to Democratic National Committee memos and Clinton-aide emails posted on websites. The hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout analyses to a Republican political operative in Florida named Aaron Nevins.
Learning that hacker “Guccifer 2.0” had tapped into a Democratic committee that helps House candidates, Mr. Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.”
Ten days later, Mr. Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents, some of which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com that he ran using a pseudonym.
Soon after, the hacker sent a link to the blog article to Roger Stone, a longtime informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, along with Mr. Nevins’ analysis of the hacked data.