Hi Steemit! I'm Adam Carter - Independent Journalist, Guccifer 2.0/DNC Hack Debunker

in introduceyourself •  11 months ago

Hey Steemit! I'm Adam Carter, a software developer, server administrator & internet junkie from the UK and an independent journalist that has recently joined Disobedient Media as a technical correspondent.

I'm best known online for carrying out investigations into the "Guccifer 2.0" persona, dismantling the alleged hacking of the DNC and scrutinizing the claims and assumptions made by several cyber-security experts and firms - efforts that have yielded some very interesting results.

Background

While my identity as Adam Carter only goes back to early 2017, my background in IT goes back to the late 1980s. I started learning BASIC on a Commodore 64 when I was eight years old, by the time I was thirteen (early 1990s) I was familiar with 68k machine code (on the Commodore Amiga) and at fourteen I started accessing BBSs (Bulletin Board Servers, for those that don't know, it's how we shared 'warez' before the Internet was around) and ended up cracking (removing copy protection) and training (adding cheats to) games for a couple of warez scene groups.

At the end of the 1990s, I connected to the Internet and was instantly addicted. It wasn't long before I was reverse engineering protocols and propriety data formats alike. To cut a long and potentially self-incriminating story short, I'll just say that I know what it feels like to have unauthorized access to hundreds of servers that you're not supposed to have access to.

Fortunately, for the past 15 years, I've been working in IT in a far more legitimate capacity and currently manage an array of servers, defending customers from hackers, botnets, etc. as part of my responsibilities.

The Past Year

As is true of colleagues at Disobedient Media, of friends/allies in independent media, and, I'm sure, many of you reading this, I found myself gravely concerned about the state of the mainstream press at the end of 2016. It was my concern about an escalation in war-mongering rhetoric from politicians and mainstream news sources and a reliance (at that time) on citing Guccifer 2.0's antics as strong proof of Russia having hacked the DNC that actually prompted me to look into the hacking allegations and question the validity of attributing Guccifer 2.0 to Russia. 

Early in my investigation into the alleged DNC hack, I started to notice anomalies and inconsistencies (behavioral, linguistic, quality of leaked information & metadata correlations between several of Guccifer 2.0's first documents). I tried to let journalists know about it (including some of those who had reported on Guccifer 2.0 throughout 2016), there was little interest (Joe Uchill of The Hill said to let him know if anything new came up but with that exception, the rest were dismissive or didn't respond).

Undeterred, I set up a web site to lay out a detailed timeline of Guccifer 2.0's activities, to record any unique information I could find and to log my own efforts to investigate. I created the g-2.space site in February, 2017 and within a couple of weeks of going live, the first major breakthrough was discovered which revealed that Guccifer 2.0 had deliberately constructed his first batch of files to use Russian stylesheet definitions and a Russian name in file metadata.

Not long after that discovery, traffic to the site was given a considerable boost when WikiLeaks tweeted about the site, mentioning that it was a useful source for primary source content relating to Guccifer 2.0:

As the evidence and analysis grew and more researchers contributed to the evidence, I sent details of the site to every US Senator. In June, I reported that CrowdStrike were more likely to be behind the Guccifer 2.0 persona than anyone in Russia (and my certainty of this has increased since then)

As the Summer months came to an end, one of the third party contributions, a study carried out by someone known online as "Forensicator", caught the attention of several intelligence agency veterans. I was consequently contacted by an associate of their group, VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professional for Sanity), and was introduced to several people whose names I already knew (and respected as notable whistleblowers) but that I had never expected to end up communicating with.

A lot of this did involve me acting as a conduit between my source (Forensicator) and VIPS members at first but as time went on, all related topics were covered. Several VIPS members then co-signed a memo advising caution against attributing hacks to Russia on the basis of the Guccifer 2.0 persona and started to raise awareness through more mainstream channels (at least those willing to air a dissenting opinion on the topic of RussiaGate). Notable articles arising from this were featured in The Nation, Salon & Bloomberg.

While those VIPS members have been doing that, the aforementioned VIPS associate (that had introduced me to the group) compiled a new report detailing all the discoveries, anomalies, inconsistencies and debunked/discredited claims and sent hard copies (with a cover letter asking for acknowledgement of receipt and asking for the evidence and analysis referenced to be investigated/verified) to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein (at the Department of Justice) and the intelligence and judicial committees in both the senate and congress (none of which ever were acknowledged).

I followed this up by sharing that report with every foreign embassy in London, expressing my concerns that escalation to an armed conflict between nuclear-armed nations may be, in part, due to an effort to frame Russia for hacking. The VIPS associate then contacted members of the UN and several UN-related groups to bring their attention to it too.

As a collective effort between myself and many others, we have now discredited most of the evidence used to assert that Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian and have collated a considerable amount of evidence that suggests Guccifer 2.0 was someone operating in America, engaging in signal mimicry, serving to try to undermine WikiLeaks and provide false evidence to support CrowdStrike's claims (starting the day after those claims were first published).

There's even been evidence that raises questions about the authenticity of some of the malware that was discovered at the DNC.

The Year Ahead

I am seeking out new topics to investigate going forward. 

I'll also be keeping an eye on the deep state's uses and abuses of technology, will aim to expose attempts to censor public opinion, will try to keep readers informed of efforts to control public perception online (it's been a growing problem for years but things have really escalated since 2014/15) and challenge the mainstream media when they distort or deceive on the topics of technology and hacking. 

If you have ideas, tips, information or evidence you'd like investigating, I can be contacted here, via Twitter DMs (always open) or by email at: defianet [at] protonmail [dot] com.

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It's an absolute pleasure to see you here! I'm looking forward to reading more informative and entertaining articles from you. Steem on!

Well hello there :)

So pleased you have joined us! You are a wonderful addition to this community and in such great company.

So pleased to already see you getting upvotes and follows. You so deserve it.

Can only imagine what awesome work you are going to contribute here, based on your spectacular past contributions to the public record.

All the best, we'll be watching (and resteeming!)

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Nice to meet you, sound you do a GREAT job.
Welcome to this great family.
I hope you're going to make a lot of success in this great community.
I wish you all the best !!!

Welcome to Steem. I've resteemed your introduction to 15,000 accounts. I'll pitch it to a few whales I know as well. I'm glad you're here. I'm doing a radio show on Sunday night at 8pm EST in the Peace, Abundance, and Liberty Network Discord Channel. I hope to see you and that you can join us live on air!

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Best of luck

Welcome. I've been following your work for a long time. Pleased to have you here finally. Drop us a DM on Discord or Twitter if you need any help settling in.

@fortified

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Thanks for the warm welcome and for the interest in my efforts.

btw, I saw your recent article about the OD bots and the hyper-partisan "news" sites connected to Robert Haffey, etc. ... well done on exposing that. ;)

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No problem.

Yes those pesky bots. Thanks. I'm still tracking them so should have an update soon.

Enjoy steemit.

Welcome to Steemit Adam! Great to see you here. You are one of my favorite researchers on the Internet, your analysis is so thorough and comprehensive. You have completely destroyed the DNC’s “Guccifer 2.0” psyop, something you deserve far more credit and recognition for.

I too used to program BASIC on the Commodore 64, and before that Sinclair ZX-81. Appreciate learning a bit more about your background, and it’s great that you’re part of Disobedient Media, one of the few sites maintaining the integrity of journalism in this #fakenews era.

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Agreed, Adam is an amazing researcher and writer! Excited to see this migration to Steemit 😁

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I have to focus on work for a bit and won't be active much over the next 24-48 hours... so I just wanted to leave a comment to say thank you to all that have replied/upvoted/followed already and that I've not yet responded to, I have read all the comments and am very grateful for the warm welcome and advice from everyone so far... so.. thank you!

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Great to have you here, a Scottish follower.

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What a great intro. I'm new too and taking notes from the best. Welcome! And thanks for the encouragement that I'm in the right place. You've gotten couple upvotes and a follow from me, for sure.

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Good one from you bro
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It's so beautiful to have you here on steemit. I took time to come welcome you and I know you will love it here. Welcome to our family. @greatness96

Very welcome !!

Welcome to Steemit Adam! I'm excited to see more of your work. The lies of the DNC and media make me sick. Keep up the great work!

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Welcome to Steemit adamcarter!

Welcome to steemit, adamcarter! enjoy.

As the Summer months came to an end, one of the third party contributions, a study carried out by someone known online as "Forensicator", caught the attention of several intelligence agency veterans. I was consequently contacted by an associate of their group, VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professional for Sanity), and was introduced to several people whose names I already knew (and respected as notable whistleblowers) but that I had never expected to end up communicating with.

So you were involved with that! Wow. You and the others certainly backed up Jeffrey Carr's suspicions.

Welcome to Steemit! Glad you signed up.

Thanks, Adam. I appreciate that you risked physical and reputational danger to out the truth. And, you invested your own time and labor in the effort. I am grateful that you are a fellow citizen.

The VIPS are an amazing resource. John Stockwell, formerly number three at the CIA, testified at the "Winooski 44" trial back in the mid 1980s that anything we think we know about the world could be a lie. He had led, he said, the world's biggest lying operation to befuddle us, and justify the policies they peddled. His testimony helped us stop an invasion of Nicaragua. Ask him.

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Thanks for highlighting Stockwell, I'll go read up about the trial and what he had to say.

Have to admit, regarding the risks - I have had some concerns about reprisals as there is a possibility that those I've attributed G2 to may have had a way to learn of my real identity recently.

However, the evidence is already laid out, others are familiar with all of it now and if it wasn't me, someone else (probably one of the many who helped and supported me with my investigating and reporting) would have got sick of the G2 story being a bizarre and inconsistent mess, put everything in chronological order and then started to see the patterns, contradictions, etc and figure it out anyway), so attacking me would be far more risk than benefit (especially at this stage). ;)

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Stockwell wrote a book, In Search of Enemies, about manipulations used to wage war in Angola. An edited transcript of the Winooski 44 trial was published under the title, "Por Amor Al Pueblo (For Love of the People)." My oldest daughter was in my arms when we heard the jury's verdict, "not guilty." By the time she went to law school lit was literally a textbook example of the successful use of the necessity defense. Wikipedia has an overview and collection of materials.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winooski_44

It was a week-long, with incredible witnesses, including Howard Zinn, Ramsey Clark, David MacMichael, another VIPS member, Salvadoran victims, and an art therapy student who brought children's pictures of horrific war atrocities. They testified by day, and at night we had them speak at churches and town halls across the state. We attacked the government head-on. A couple of weeks later, Casper Weinberger, Reagan's defense secretary, announced the Weinberger Principles, point five of which foreswore wars that citizens didn't support. Circumstances at the time suggested the trial victory contributed to calling off the invasion of Nicaragua.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weinberger_Doctrine.

Welcome Adam!! So glad you're here! This is a spectacular introductory post.

#SteemPoweredJournalism just got a huge boost in horsepower! Please welcome the #GucciferSlayer himself, @adamcarter.
Seriously though, good to see you here. This space needs more peops like you.

Welcome aboard!

You've been reSteemed by several Steemers I respect, so I can see we have to look for some good posts from you!

Welcome @adamcarter. We need people like you here. Spread the truth :)

WELCOME ADAM! []

Welcome to Steemit! Look forward to your contributions. Good on you!

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Welcome to the community! I just joined Steemit myself about 2 weeks ago. Make sure to check out Steemfollower since it is a great way to get upvotes which could be difficult at the start since you don't have that many followers!
Followed! Wish you all the best luck!

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Thanks for the advice, I'll check it out.

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Hi Adam, its great to have you posting here at Steemit. Welcome aboard. As you state that you are interested in new material, I may have something here well worth looking into deeper. It involves analyzing metadata in regards to what the new Ukrainian regime appears to be up to. Lately there is a lot of verifiable information coming out that puts Ukrainian operatives at the heart of a number of these geopolitical ruses. Petri Krohn of "A Closer Look on Syria" and George Eliason (writer for Washington Blog, and now Consortium News) have been gathering a lot of information on these Ukrainian ruses. The various ruses involve the Grizzly Steppe hack or “PAS tool PHP web kit” hack, the Michael Weiss group PropOrNot tied into StopFake and the Atlantic Council, and recent revelations by the Duran of US Rep Adam Schiff's connections to Ukrainian oligarch and arms dealer Igor Pasternak. A lot to digest there, I know. :) My theory is that this is also all tied into Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky who is behind the Right Sector Azov battalions in Ukraine who were the murderous thugs that carried out the coup and have conducted ethnic cleansing and indiscriminate shelling of ethnic Russian Ukrainians. I also believe this is all tied into the MH-17 false flag (Robert Parry reported on a rogue Ukrainian military unit being behind the shootdown). I have a large amount of information related to such up at my Clarity of Signal site, much of it from mainstream sources, and quite a lot of it from underground sources. Please take a look. Just keep an open mind and don't get too overwhelmed as a lot of this material is difficult to wrap ones head around at first. Kind regards, and I hope you help take up the challenge of exposing aspects of this geopolitical insanity.

Here are a few recent and past links related to such that may be of interest to you.

https://clarityofsignal.com/2017/01/09/trace-of-grizzly-steppe-hack-on-us-points-to-ukrainian-university-student-finnish-researcher/

Regarding Weiss and PropOrNot, George Eliason and Consortium News have checked the metadata and tied that into Weiss and Ukrainian operatives:

Unpacking the Shadowy Outfit Behind 2017’s Biggest Fake News Story
January 28, 2018
https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/28/unpacking-the-shadowy-outfit-behind-2017s-biggest-fake-news-story/

More here:

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/02/11/u-s-intelligence-crisis-poses-a-threat-to-the-world

Regarding more on Ukraine and how it ties to the US destabilization efforts being carried out now, Adam Schiff has also been tied to Ukrainian oligarchs.

http://theduran.com/adam-schiffs-collusion-with-oligarch-ukrainian-arms-dealer-exposed/

https://clarityofsignal.com/2017/01/21/msm-mia-the-ukrainian-oligarch-right-sector-nazis-mh-17-and-joe-bidens-son/

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welcome to Steemit! really enjoyed your post!

Welcome Adam,

You written a great introductory post. But you need more exposure. You are a software developer like me. So i suggest you to follow @gauravgpt60 to get more engagements on steemit.

Wishing you a great journey here

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Thanks, have followed as recommended. ;)

Hi @adamcarter ! Great post, i like it, i just upvoted it ! PS: you may like to follow me ... @legsnheels

Another great personality here on Steemit...welcome sir @adamcarter I'll be following you even on Twitter.

Loved the article and found it to be inspirational, I have written an article for new steemit community members, but you are well experienced but maybe someone will find it usefull - Common Mistakes To Avoid When Joining The Steemit Community.

hey @adamcarter and welcome to Steemit !!!

it's an amazing place with the best community :)
I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

cheers
@marsell

Hi Adam! I want to be just like you. I don't know if it is late to acquire such skills as a 19 year-old girl but I really want to learn something about it. Is it okay to be a hacker or I better remain as I am?

Welcome @adamcarter.... It's nice having you here. I DM you on twitter already.

Welcome! SO great to have you here. What an interesting contribution! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you have in store for us :)

Welcome to Steemit bro we follow each other on Twitter I am also an independent journalist and a good friend of @Suzi3d

Hi adamcarter ! I hope everything gonna work for you ! Welcome on steemit and good luck for you !

welcome sir, it's great to have you here , your advice would be very valuable here.

I like your post brother

Welcome to the community @adamcarter. Looking forward to your continued coverage of cyber crimes and other related topics. Thanks for all of your hard work in 2017! Follow @dthompson88

Yo shout out to the wave of making news open IMG-20180202-WA0000.jpg to alll

that is super awesome, glad you are on our side, welcome aboard.

welcome to steem.... and i hope you all also welcome me to steem :D

great introduction, wellcome here, wish you best of luck

Hi @adamcarter, pleased to read this intro post for several reasons :)
💾🕹 Amiga and all thre classic computer fun,
🕷🛡 the Sec Mgmt flare I am into as well,
🔭📣 and most primarily, the mission you're on.
You have earned yourself a follower in me, @morionmaddox, who's probably be looking up to and admiring great stories and one version of the truth as I put it. Cheers!

Such a great informative post :) Welcome to our community :)

great job--looking forward to your posts

Welcome to steemit

nice meeting you adam, good to see your post get such great attention, good luck for more!

Great to see professionals in the reporting world coming to the platform here. Welcome to steemit. Looking forward to your articles.

Power to you and all those in support of open conversation, learning, a new era of journalism. Cheers.

Welcome to steemit! Enjoy :)

Welcome to steemit!

Wow very amazing..

Thank you .. it is through people like you that we can keep the story clean. Amazing information and persistence on your part to cut through the incredibly distorted tales we are told.

Wow amazinggg

Huge welcome, I'm really excited you're here and looking forward to your posts!

Hello, great post, I do not know if it's a lot of hassle to ask you to go through my blog to see if you like something

hello adam ! nice to know you :)


Welcome to steemit!!
glad to have you here stay stunned...
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Welcome to #steemit @adamcarter. Looking forward on contents you will share soon. Bless you!

welcome to my friends. :)

Welcome to the family, @adamcarter!

Very glad to have you here champ. What a ripsnorter of an introduceyourself post too.

I'm really excited to see someone of your knowledge and experience here. What a boon to our community!!!!

Welcome aboard the steem train Adam. I'm very new, finding my way around, but am loving the community, and the quality of information and creativity that flows here. Looking forward to reading about your next investigations, looks like you're not afraid to be in the thick of it

Welcome! I'll wait for your posts. Enjoy

It looks like they aren't particularly interested in knowing the truth as it's more convenient to just blame Russia.

Mr. Carter,
It is a pleasure to make your steemit acquaintance. I will look forward to your future posts regarding the steemit environment.

best of luck!

Awesome !

Welcome home @adamcarter, steemit is where true love is!

This is so thrilling!! And your awesome introduction must be shared! Thanks for being such a truth warrior Adam, and for using a venue that can protect your critically needed, courageous hard work!

Good to have you here
Boss

Welcome to steemit!

interesting blog....beautiful pictures....thanks for sharing....see more at my page..welcome again

Thats pretty awesome dude! Keep going ;)

Followed. Looking forward to your content!

Keep up this good work @adamcarter, Welcome and Great work! :)

Is really great have people like you here in steemit welcome!

great intro. I'm new too and taking notes from the best. Welcome! .... happy day .....

Sie we welcome you in our steemit community and surely it will be best experiance for you to working with us...you are great addition to our community..@adamcarter

Big fan of you!Following!

Welcome! Really like your introductory post and looking forward to your work. And yes, I have my one eye on you.

Very nice to be following you! Welcome to steem!

Welcome Adam! So good to have you here

Hi! Welcome to steemit :)

Welcome! From another noob.

Wooh...! That's a wonderful and interesting personalia you've got. Nice to have you on steemit sir

Hi @adamcarter I just want to say welcome to Steemit, I'm sure as the community knows you will encounter a bunch on interesting people on this platform. I for one am an artist from South Africa, I came across Steemit because as of recent our whole country is talking about Bitcoin/Ethereum/Litecoin etc. I am going to give you an Upvote because there is nothing as exciting as getting a random Upvote.

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Welcome @adamcarter. I look forward to learning from you.

hi .. you are great, i am glad you are here hopefully fun

Welcome! Happy steeming!

Welcome on Steemit . Im happy having you here.

You are welcome to a phenomenal platform. It is good to have you here. Steemit all the way

Hello and welcome on Steemit:)

This introduction is really exquisite and a good way of making ur presence known

Welcome to steemit ..
I invite you to visit my blog