Stone and Nunberg love hotmail dot com.Image: Michael Schwartz/Getty ImagesBy Rachel Kraus2018-04-04 20:01:33 UTC
Political consultant and flashy dresser Roger Stone is the latest Trump flunky in trouble with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III for his sketchy dealings with WikiLeaks and potentially the Russians.
But a newly unearthed email that seems to prove Stone’s connection to WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange contains the true ironic apotheosis of this revelation: the email signature of former Trump aide Sam Nunberg.
“Sent from my BlackBerry – the most secure mobile device,” Nunberg’s leaked email reads. Yessss!
BlackBerry has confirmed that this was the default email signature at the time. And, of course, it’s not BlackBerry’s fault or any technical problem that caused the email to leak. But, c’mon, the context of a leaked email about how Nunberg might have been involved in leaking Hillary Clinton’s emails is just… too good.
And sure, the email details Stone’s connection with the election-meddling Internet bad boy of our age. But isn’t it even more fun to point out all the technological forehead smacks peppering this chain — like the fact that Nunberg was BlackBerry loyal until the end?!
Let’s not skate over the fact that both Nunberg and Stone were also still using Hotmail accounts. As one editor pointed out here, there’s nothing wrong with Hotmail. But another writer also pointed out that it’s the preferred email of choice for her grandparents. Yep, checks out. You can reach Roger Stone at email@example.com.
Sam Nunberg was the previously little-known Trump consultant who caused a short lived kerfuffle when he claimed he would not comply with Mueller’s subpoena. That didn’t last long. Roger Stone is a political consultant with no qualms about bending laws and working for soviet oligarchs, as multiple profiles have shone.
Making fun of the outdated tech used by these political manipulators is a small consolation for the fact that they helped get Trump elected, polarize our country, and enable Russian manipulators. The internet (Mashable included) squealed with glee when it was revealed that Paul Manafort’s inability to convert a Word Doc to a PDF provided the evidence trail for the indictment. So we seize on tech mishaps and old-fogey tendencies because it feels good to paint the picture of Trump’s people as bumbling, out of touch goons — when in reality it’s seasoned, morally compromised guys like Stone and opportunists like Nunberg who very intentionally got us into this mess, when none of us saw it coming.
But hey, we’ll take the lols where we can get ’em.