Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments

Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments
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Twitter has suspended two accounts allegedly used by Russian intelligence officers to share information obtained in hacks.

The Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts were both suspended on Saturday, one day after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE alleged in an indictment that the accounts were run by Russian military officers.

A Twitter spokesman told The San Diego Union-Tribune that the “account has been suspended for being connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of our rules.” He did not comment further.


The Guccifer 2.0 account was briefly suspended in 2016 after it released contact information for nearly 200 current and former members of Congress. Both accounts have been inactive for at least 18 months.

Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents on Friday for the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

He alleged that the agents used the Twitter accounts to share documents stolen from the Democrats and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton on if Bill should’ve resigned over Lewinsky scandal: ‘Absolutely not’ Electoral battle for Hispanics intensifies in Florida Trump adds campaign stops for Senate candidates in Montana, Arizona, Nevada MORE's camp.

Guccifer 2.0 had maintained that he was a Romanian hacker with no political ties, and DCLeaks had claimed that it was a watchdog group.

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCollusion judgment looms for key Senate panel The Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands The Mueller investigation: Where it stands at the midterms MORE said Friday that he was likely mentioned in the indictment. The document references an unnamed person who was in touch with Trump campaign officials, who exchanged messages with Guccifer 2.0.

The messages included in the indictment matched ones that Stone released last year.