Facebook Detected Russian Hackers Setting Up Guccifer 2.0 Account?

By Adam Carter --- September 25th, 2017

I spotted Ellen Nakashima tweeting about an article that had been published in Bezos's CIA propaganda outlet (aka The Washington Post) today:

Facebook detected Russian hackers in their network in June 2016, setting up Guccifer 2.0 account, & alerted the FBI https://t.co/39WTGBJVXH

— Ellen Nakashima (@nakashimae) September 25, 2017

For those unfamiliar with Ellen Nakashima, she's the author of an article in which the DNC and CrowdStrike first attempted to push their story out to the public, something I wrote about a year after the original story, pointing out some questionable statements that were being made by 2 CrowdStrike executives.

The new article references Guccifer 2.0 in the following paragraph:

Of course, I'm intrigued as I was unaware of Guccifer 2.0's facebook activities.

Considering the source, it seems only natural to query this, so I have inquired, with Nakashima, Alex Stamos and Facebook's Twitter accounts:

"including a persona known as Guccifer 2.0 and a Facebook page called DCLeaks" - Are you saying G2 set up an account on Facebook?

— Adam Carter (@with_integrity) September 25, 2017

@alexstamos Hi Alex, Please could you confirm that Facebook traced Russians to the creation of an account for the persona "Guccifer 2.0"?

— Adam Carter (@with_integrity) September 25, 2017

@facebook @fb_engineering @fbnewsroom Please can Facebook confirm the following and provide details of when the G2 account was created? pic.twitter.com/IKKy1DsCax

— Adam Carter (@with_integrity) September 25, 2017

I will also contact Facebook by their press email address later today and update this article to include further details of efforts to validate what has been asserted in the Washington Post article.

UPDATE (October 1st, 2017)

I did reach out to Facebook to inquire about this and one of their executives was kind enough to respond. They informed me that they cannot go into detail about the investigation carried out last year (so, unfortunately, they couldn't provide confirmation of what had been reported regarding a Guccifer 2.0 account by the Washington Post) and just advised me to be cautious when it comes to some statements being made by the press.

While that's neither confirmation or denial, my question was specifically in relation to Guccifer 2.0 in the context of how it had been reported in the Washington Post and the response recommended caution over press reporting. To me, it suggests the article's assertions should be confirmed, attributed to a quoted statement of some form or be supported by a primary source reference before being accepted as fact.