The hacker credited with railroading the 2016 election also shared Democratic voting data to a Republican operative in Florida, who later posted it on a blog.
GOP operative Aaron Nevins reached out to Guccifer 2.0 last August after finding out the hacker had breached the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Feel free to send any Florida based information,” Nevins reportedly wrote to the hacker, who is believed to be tied to Russian intelligence services.
Nevins set up a Dropbox account and received 2.5 gigabytes of DCCC documents 10 days later. He posted portions of on the HelloFLA.com blog he ran under an alias, the newspaper reported.
The documents Nevins received included voter data on specific Florida districts that’s often used to influence campaign strategies.
Guccifer 2.0 then sent a link to the blog to Roger Stone, an unofficial adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, as well as the Nevins’ insight on the documents, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The anonymous hacker is also believed to have tapped into the Democratic National Committee last year, leaking hijacked documents to multiple places.
While it was known that the blog had received the hacked documents, it wasn’t known that Nevins was the recipient — nor the vast amount of information he received.
“I just threw an arrow in the dark,” Nevins told the Wall Street Journal, confirming that he worked with Guccifer 2.0.
He added that he reviewed the documents as a person who “actually knows what some of these documents mean.” Nevins said he “realized it was a lot more than even Guccifer knew that he had.”
At first that wasn’t the case, but then he realized it was a treasure chest of stolen intel, according to exchanges reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
“Basically if this was a war, this is the map to where all the troops are deployed,” Nevins told the hacker in one note.
Guccifer 2.0 is suspected to be tied to Russian forces, something the anonymous hacker has denied.
Multiple investigations are probing whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence last year’s election.
Stone told the Wall Street Journal he didn’t collude with Russia, and that the FBI has not contacted him.
He confirmed to the newspaper that Guccifer 2.0 sent him a link to the obscure blog, but not any of the stolen documents. Stone also posted screenshots of his text messages with the hacker to his own website.
Nevins also received information about districts in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas, the Wall Street Journal reported.
None of the documents were used for his consulting business, which runs grassroots campaigns in Florida, he told the newspaper.
President Trump has called the probe into members of his campaign a “witch hunt” and a hoax crafted by the Democrats after the surprise Presidential loss.
The probe has so far looked at ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Carter Page and Stone — who in March was told by the Senate Intelligence Committee to preserve documents related to the investigation.
Most recently, the Washington Post reported, it has spread to Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner.