It would appear the man investigating Russia cannot keep his files safe from… wait for it… Russia.
According to the special counsel, sources connected with a pro-Russia Twitter account somehow obtained and published altered versions of some non-public Mueller files online, in what Mueller says was an attempt to undermine the special counsel.
The Twitter account, @HackingRedstone, published the reports “as part of a disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. political system,” Mueller said in a court filing.
The social media account has now been suspended, but the damage is obviously already done.
Mueller insists his computer systems have not been hacked, which is how the finger pointing started to get directed to Concord Management and Consulting.
Some of the files posted were an apparent match to files that were shared with CMC during discovery.
With Mueller saying his files were not hacked, then the paperwork could have only have been leaked from one other source, that source being CMC.
All of this became public knowledge when Mueller made a new filing in his case against CMC.
The original case was filed last year.
In that filing, Mueller issued an indictment against CMC as well as two other Russian companies and 13 individuals.
Mueller accused CMC of funding the Internet Research Agency, a known Russian troll farm. CMC is owned by a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Never Pay the Price
As we have seen in other cases related to this investigation involving foreign nationals, the individuals responsible for either the hack or stolen papers will never be brought to justice.
Since they reside outside of the United States, it is highly unlikely anything Mueller does will result in those individuals seeing the inside of a prison cell here in the states.
It has not yet been made clear if this is the company that was making a plea to the Supreme Court to remain anonymous as well as avoiding the $50,000 non-compliance fine.