Thursday, May 25, 2017

It Was Aaron Nevins

A Republican operative in Florida received a trove of Democratic documents from the Russia-linked hacker believed to be a key player in the Kremlin's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The Wall Street Journal identified the operative as Aaron Nevins, who last summer told hacker Guccifer 2.0 to "feel free to send any Florida based information" after learning that the hacker had tapped into Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee computers.


The GOP operative then published some of the material on the blog, using a pseudonym.

Guccifer 2.0 sent a link to the blog post soon afterwards to Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and associate of then-candidate Donald Trump.


It was known that had published hacked Democratic documents, but it was previously unclear how much material was sent and who the operative behind the blog was.


Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination with Russian officials, and the Kremlin has done so as well while also rejecting any connection to Guccifer 2.0.

Nevins himself cast doubt on the Russians' role in the hacks, but told the Journal that he did not care either way, because his interests appeared to fall in line with those of the hackers.

“If your interests align, never shut any doors in politics,” he said.

  The Hill
The true politician's motto.

Who the hell is Aaron Nevins?
October 20, 2016

Aaron Nevins, a 35-year-old Republican voter in Broward and former staffer for ex-state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, said he's going to shut down U.S. 441 on Election Day for an automobile race.

"The election hasn’t excited me so much. I thought maybe I’d do something else,'' he said.

Nevins, son of political columnist Buddy Nevins of, said he sent the Broward Sheriff's Office a certified letter on Thursday alerting the agency to his plans.

U.S. 441 is a corridor through many black communities, but Nevins said he didn't select that roadway and the date, Election Day, to keep Democrats from voting for Hillary Clinton.


He said he had to select a road in unincorporated Broward, and that was "slim pickings.''

"I’m acting on my own. I am a Republican. There’s no denying that. I’m not coordinating with the Republican Party or Roger Stone or any of those people,'' he said.


The sheriff's office responded to Nevins with a long list of documents, including road-closing permits, that would be needed before the sheriff's office would acquiesce.


[UPDATED Oct. 20: Aaron Nevins has withdrawn his request, according to Broward Sheriff's Office.]


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