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Sub-Plot to the Election: Who was paying WikiLeaks?

What is known?
What is Bitcoin (BTC)?
Wikileaks accepts financial "donations" "a type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation
through a publicized Bitcoin Wallet Address: of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central
bank." https://btc.com/
1HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v
Bitcoin currency uses the abbreviation BTC,, and works much the same as other electronic
https://shop.wikileaks.org/donate payment methods such as PayPal, Google Wallet, or debit cards.
cards

On 11/1/2016, the Wikieaks bitcoin wallet While bitcoin is used for many legitimate financial transactions, it is now the preferred form of
received its single largest incoming payment for nefarious or malicious transactions.
transaction ever (when converted to US
dollars), $19,588 , since Wikileaks began While bitcoin transactions are difficult to trace, they are by no means "anonymous" as proven
accepting Bitcoin in 2011. by major cases such as the "Silk Road" internet drug trafficking bust.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/06/technology/bitcoin-silk--road/
The vast majority of "donations" to
Wikileaks through Bitcoin, over the years, A small number of bitcoins can represent thousands of dollars in USD currency. The current
have been under $50 in value. exchange rate as of this writing is 1 Bitcoin (BTC) = $1086.50 USD. The USD value of Bitcoin
https://bitinfocharts.com/bitcoin/address/1 has fluctuated over the years and fluctuates daily.
HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v
All Bitcoin transactions are public and stored on a public "ledger" downloaded to multiple
From the winter of 2015 through March computerss and devices around the world. For this reason, they can never
n be truly "deleted" or
2017, Wikileaks has received a series of purged.
sizable Bitcoin payments that closely align
with key presidential campaign, transition, "Bitcoin tumblers" are used to hide the identities of participants in financial transactions and
and administration events. are the high-tech equivalent of money laundering. Here's how it works:

Several nations of interest experienced


"surges" in Bitcoin transactions that closely
align with key presidential campaign,
transition and administration events.
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The end goal is something like this:


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Source: The chart above was derived from the entire roster of public incoming transactions listed for the Wikileaks
bitcoin wallet address: https://bitinfocharts.com/bitcoin/address/1HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v

Transactions in green are incoming transactions. Transactions in red are outgoing withdrawals.
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Snapshot of the largest Bitcoin transactions ever received by Wikileaks:

Source: https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/outputs?q=recipient(1HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v)&s=value_usd(desc)
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Other smaller but usually large transactions were paid to Wikileaks, often in rapid succession:

Source: https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/outputs?q=recipient(1HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v)&s=value_usd(desc)
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event
Dec. 2015 - FBI warns the DNC, again, it's being targeted by
12/5/2015: 3.0BTC ($1,084.65)
($1,084. paid to Wikileaks
early 2016 hackers
12/9/2015: 2.083BTC
BTC ($828.05)
($828. paid to Wikileaks
Hillary Clinton's personal email accounts aare
targeted : http://archive.is/2016.06.23
http://archive.is/2016.06.23- https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/96535769
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175220/http://www.forbes.com/sites/tho
175220/http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbr https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/95939949
ewster/2016/06/16/russian
ewster/2016/06/16/russian-hackers-hillary-
clinton-google-gmail-attacks/%2350733dae5cb2
attacks/%2350733dae5cb2

A large portion of Podesta's hacked emails, later


posted to Wikileaks, are dated December 2015
(Example: https://wikileaks.org/podesta
https://wikileaks.org/podesta-
emails/emailid/50332)

2/26/16- An unexplained, noticeable surge in bitcoin transactions


transac in U.S.
2/28/16 Dollars occurs.

https://data.bitcoinity.org/markets/volume/2y/USD?c=e&r=da
y&t=b
March 2016 The personal Gmail account of John Podesta is
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event
hacked.

April 2016 - he persona known as "Guccifer 2.0" sets Unexplained, noticeable surges in Bitcoin transactions in
In April, the
May 2016 up the original DCLeaks server with Romanian Romanian currency begin occurriing shortly thereafter.
hosting company, THCServers, one of few such
companies that accept Bitcoin payments.

In a later-debunked
debunked lie, Guccifer 2.0, would
initially claim to be Romanian to steer suspicion
away from Russian involvement.

https://coin.dance/volume/localbitcoins/RON
in.dance/volume/localbitcoins/RON
June 2016 DCLeaks begins publishing stolen emails which
receive limited attention because the site is not
user-friendly.

July 19, 2016 Republican National Convention is underway


7/19/2016: 8.0BTC ($5,426.38)
($5,426. paid to Wikileaks
(July 18-21, 2016)
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/143493539
July 22, 2016 Republican National Convention just ended.

Wikileaks publishes its firs


first "dump" of hacked
emails detrimental to the Clinton campaign.
July 23, 2016
7/23/2016: 2.0BTC
.0BTC ($1,327.96)
($ paid to Wikileaks
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration Event Bitcoin Event


https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/144167399
July 27, 2016 Donald Trump: Russia, if youre listening, I hope
youre able to find the 30,000 emails that are
missing.
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/politics/d
onald-trump-russia-clinton-emails.html?_r=0
August 5, 2016 Roger Stone authors a Breitbart article directly
attributing the hack to Guccifer 2.0 and
attempting to steer suspicion away from Russia:
"Dear Hillary: DNC Hack Solved, So Now Stop
Blaming Russia"
http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-
race/2016/08/05/dear-hillary-dnc-hack-solved-
so-now-stop-blaming-russia/

Roger Stone later admits to being in contact with


the hacker and Wikileaks in August in a
Washington Times interview and a Twitter
Tweet, which was later deleted.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/
mar/10/roger-stone-trump-confidant-
acknowledges-
innocuous/?utm_source=RSS_Feedutm_medium
=RSS
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event

August 6-12,
8/2/2016: 0.2BTC ($127.65)
($127.65 paid to Wikileaks
2016
8/6/2016: 3.0BTC ($1,728.48)
($1,728. paid to Wikileaks
8/12/2016: 0.25BTC
BTC ($148.49)
($ paid to Wikileaks

https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/147469597
com/bitcoin/transaction/147469597
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/146495879
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/bitcoin/transaction/148801715
August 12, 2016 After the DCCC hack, the "Guccifer 2.0" persona
takes credit for posting the personal phone
numbers and contact information of Nancy
Pelosi and other high-ranking
ranking members of the
Democratic party
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/politics/guccifer
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/politics/guccifer-2-
0-hacker-dnc-dccc/
August 19, 2016 Paul Manafort resigns from the campaign
August 21, 2016 Roger Stone issues a veiled threat tto John
Podesta via Twitter.
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event

https://twitter.com/rogerjstonejr/status/767366825743
097856?lang=en
August 23-27,
8/23/2016: 0.64BTC ($373.92)
($373. paid to Wikileaks
2016
8/24/2016: 4.91BTC ($2,874.51)
($2,874. paid to Wikileaks
8/27/2016: 0.5BTC ($291.67)
($291.67 paid to Wikileaks

https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/151567955
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/151100871
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/152221120
Mid August - An unexplained, noticeable surge in bitcoin transactions in
September Rusian Rubles occurs,
rs, starting around August 18, 2016.
2016
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration Event Bitcoin Event

https://data.bitcoinity.org/markets/volume/2y/RUB?c=e&r=da
y&t=b

An unexplained, widely noticeable surge in bitcoin transactions


in Ukrainian Hryvnia occurs, starting around September 1,
2016.

https://coin.dance/volume/localbitcoins/UAH
October 7, 2016 The vulgar "Access Hollywood" tape drops.
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event

WikiLeaks publishes the first in a series of 50,000


emails belonging to Clinton campaign chairman
Podesta
October 2016 A non-stop,
stop, daily "dump" of Clinton and Podesta Recurring, larger-than-normal
normal deposits to the Wikileaks Bitcoin
emails begins. account throughout the month of October:
10/2/2016: 0.2BTC ($123.28)
($123.28 paid to Wikileaks
Trump steps up repeated claims that this will be
a "rigged election" and that the "fix is in", but 10/5/2016: 0.37BTC ($230.51)
($230.51 paid to Wikileaks
never clarifies who is rigging the election or to 10/17/2016: 0.2BTC ($129.39)
($129.39 paid to Wikileaks
whose advantage.
10/17/2016: 2.0BTC ($1,296.24)
($1,296.24 paid to Wikileaks
On 10/10/2016,, Trump praises Wikileaks: "I love 10/20/2016: 0.32BTC ($204.83)
($204.83 paid to Wikileaks
Wikileaks."
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential- 10/22/2016: 0.89BTC ($564.95)
($564.95 paid to Wikileaks
races/300327-trump-i-love
love-wikileaks
10/22/2016: 2.74BTC ($1,736.90)
($1,736.90 paid to Wikileaks
10/24/2016: 1.0BTC
BTC ($647.32)
($647.32 paid to Wikileaks
On 10/25/2016,, Rudy Giuliani tells Fox News that
10/31/2016: 1.0BTC
TC ($709.62)
($ paid to Wikileaks
the campaign has a "cou
"couple of surprises" on the
horizon. 10/31/2016: 0.29BTC
BTC ($212.40)
($ paid to Wikileaks
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/10/25/
giuliani_we_got_a_couple_of_surprises_left.html
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/166988895
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/167007262
m/bitcoin/transaction/167007262
October 30, Wikileaks announces on Twitter the start of
2016 "Phase 3" of the email dumps.

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/792872274135281
status/792872274135281
664?lang=en
November 1, WikiLeaks receives the single biggest deposit ever to
2016 its Bitcoin wallet address from a sender who is yet to
be determined:

11/1/2016: 27.66BTC ($19,588.71)


($19,588.71
paid to Wikileaks

https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/167296214
November 2-8, 11/6/2016: Wikileaks releases another major Larger-than-normal paymentsts continue flowing in to the
2016 "dump" of hacked emails on its website. Wikileaks Bitcoin account:
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event

11/8/2016: Election Day.


11/5/2016: 0.28BTC ($196.74
196.74) paid to Wikileaks
11/6/2016: 0.4BTC ($281.67)
($281.67 paid to Wikileaks
11/6/2016: 0.35BTC ($243.41)
($243.41 paid to Wikileaks
11/7/2016: 1.0BTC ($710.09)
($710.09 paid to Wikileaks
11/8/2016: 1.0BTC ($706.36
706.36) paid to Wikileaks
11/8/2016: 1.5BTC ($1,059.54
1,059.54) paid to Wikileaks
11/8/2016: 2.0BTC ($1,412.72)
($1,412.72 paid to Wikileaks

https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/168436493
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/168499163
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/168510258
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/168693030
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/1691
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/169109964
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/169151136
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/tr
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/169109964
https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/169152326
November 18, The Wikileaks Bitcoin accounts begins making large
2016 withdrawals of all of itss recent "earnings", dispersing the large
amount and then funneling the money in fragmented portions
through a web of temporary "bitcoin wallets" to launder the
funds to their various Bitcoin accounts located in various,
mostly European, countries.

The process of "tumbling"" the funds across different accounts is


staggered and plays out over November 2016-February
2016 2017.
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration Event Bitcoin Event

https://bitinfocharts.com/bitcoin/address/1HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj
6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v
December 20, Trump chooses Mick Mulvaney, a huge supporter and fan of
2016 the Bitcoin crypto-currency, to head the Office of Management
and Budget.

http://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-mulvaney-trump-budget/
December 27- 12/27/16-12/28/16: Rumors begin surfacing Unexplained, noticeable surges in Bitcoin transactions in
29, 2016 that President Obama may issue new Russian Rubles occur. In fact, the Bitcoin exchange sees its
sanctions in response to Russia attempts to largest number of transactions ever in Russian Rubles,
influence our elections. representing the equivalent of millions of U.S. Dollars suddenly
flooding the exchange. The trend stops just as quickly as it
12/29/16: President Obama announces new started.
sanctions against Russia, expelling numerous
spies/diplomats

It is later confirmed that Michael Flynn was in


communication with the Russian government
in reference to the sanctions, resulting in his
later dismissal or resignation from the White
House.

https://data.bitcoinity.org/markets/volume/6m/RUB?c=e&r=d
ay&t=b
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration Event Bitcoin Event


February 13, Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Meanwhile, sudden and unexplained surges in Bitcoin
2017 Advisor transactions in Turkey's Lira that began in Fall 2016 die down
just as suddenly as they began toward the beginning of
It is later confirmed that Flynn was working February 2017:
as a foreign agent, for countries such as
Turkey, and did not immediately disclose all
international sources of income.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/p
olitics/michael-flynn-turkey.html

https://coin.dance/volume/localbitcoins/TRY
March 4, 2017 Trump goes on a Twitter "rant", making
unsubstantiated claims that President Obama
"wire tapped" him, creating a political fiasco.
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Date(s) Campaign/Transition/Administration
Administration Event Bitcoin Event

Self-described
described "dirty trickster" Roger Stone
gets into a profanity
profanity-laced Twitter "war"
bragging of "back channel" access to Julian
Assange of Wikileaks.

February 17-
2/17/2017: 447.17) paid to Wikileaks
0.44BTC ($447.17
March 9, 2017 March 7-8,8, 2017: America is temporarily
distracted from the "wire tap" fiasco by the 2/18/2017: 0.44BTC ($446.98
446.98) paid to Wikileaks
WikiLeaks "CIA Tools" leaks, which exposes
2/18/2017: 0.64BTC ($670.48
670.48) paid to Wikileaks
intelligence methods and attempts to
undermine and discredit the capabilities of 3/8/2017: 1.39BTC ($1,740.53)
($1,740.53 paid to Wikileaks
U.S. intelligence agencies.
3/9/2017: 0.25BTC ($304.91
304.91) paid to Wikileaks
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cia
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cia-hacked-
samsung-smart-tvs-wikileaks
wikileaks-vault-7/ 3/9/2017: 3.4BTC ($4,068.88)
($4,068.88 paid to Wikileaks

Donald Trump is silent on the leak. https://blockchair.com/bitcoin/transaction/197307729


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