Rep. Adam Schiff stated on March 20 to the House Intelligence Committee that Guccifer 2.0 was an “intermediary” used by Russian intelligence service to leak hacked information from the DNC. However, according to Adam Carter, a Twitter user and an individual investigating Guccifer 2.0, information has been uncovered that shows a DNC Staffer edited Guccifer 2.0 released files only 30 minutes before they were released, and that Russian fingerprints were intentionally added to the releases. 

According to Carter’s website, Guccifer 2.0: Game Over,  “Metadata suggests it took only 30 minutes to go from a DNC tech/data strategy consultant creating documents to Guccifer2.0 tainting them – all occurring on a date that Guccifer2.0 claimed to be after he was locked out of the DNC Network – occurring on the same day that Guccifer2.0 emerged. Furthermore, “Data found deeper in files now also demonstrates there was a misdirection effort, that, in it’s larger scope – seems to have been intended to discredit leaks by having leaks blamed on Russian hackers.”

Specifically, four files from the June 15 release were created by DNC Staffer Warren Flood approximately 30 minutes before being modified by Guccifer, including 2.doc, which was created at 1:38pm and modified by “Феликс Эдмундович” at 2:11, 3.doc, created at 1:38pm and modified at 2:12pm, and 5.doc, created and modified at the same time, 2:13pm! This could suggest they were created and modified by Warren Flood or his computer at the same time they were being edited with a new Russian “modified by” name added to it. 

Furthermore, Carter alleges that Guccifer 2.0 engaged in “misdirection” by making it appear he was Russian, when he was not, by naming his computer account after the founder of the Soviet Secret Police. Guccifer 2.0 also created/opened and then saved documents so the Russian name was written to metadata, used a Russian VPN service to cloak his IP address and used public web-based email services that would forward his cloaked IP. He then contacted various media outlets using all of this, so that any simpleton will think he is a Russian, although outwardly denying he is a Russian.

The real reason for all of this, according to Carter, is that the DNC was desperate to portray information that was sent to Wikileaks as a Russian hack in order to cast doubt on the authenticity of the documents and to make the conversation about Russian meddling in the election. Carter says that “The campaign was in a desperate position and really needed something similar to a Russian hacker narrative and one where they would be fortunate to have a seemingly clumsy hacker that leaves lots of ‘fingerprints’ tainting files and bringing the reputation of leaks iinto question… Sure enough, 2-3 days later, Guccifer2.0 – the world’s weirdest hacker – was spawned and started telling lies in an effort to attribute himself to the malware discoveries, etc.”