Kevin Mandia, chief executive officer of FireEye Inc., listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Leaders of the committee promised a thorough and impartial investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election at the hearing, held as a House probe remained mired in partisan disputes. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

There is No Evidence to Connect Russia to Guccifer 2.0 – Senate Intel Hearing Cyber Analyst Says

At the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on March 30, during testimony from experts, Kevin Mandia, Chief Executive Officer of the security technology company FireEye, said the following in response to Senator Lankford asking if there is any connection between Guccifer 2 and the alleged Russian breach of the DNC server: “We cannot connect all the dots from the breach, at least with the observables available to my company and our investigators. We can’t go from breach, and leaked data, to suddenly Guccifer 2.0, we just don’t have the means to do that.” 

The Intelligence Committee has been holding hearings over the past few weeks regarding alleged Russian interference in the election. However, new information has surfaced that the Committee hasn’t reviewed yet, including In the last few days, which was released by Wikileaks regarding Guccifer 2.0, with the tweet, “Direct Messages from U.S. alleged Russian spy @GUCCIFER_2 to actress-model @robbin_young (according to the latter).” 

The Wikileaks direct messages release have echoed in social media, with news sites pointing to Guccifer 2.0 claiming Seth Rich was his whistleblower, which is in contradiction to his previous claims of hacking the DNC directly. Guccifer 2.0 states that “His name is Seth, he is my whistleblower” and that “I’d like to find a journalist who can do an investigation and teel [sic] the real story of his life and death.” The new articles have generated thousands of views and shares on the matter.