One of the Kimberlin-related websites that has recently disappeared was manafortwatch dot org. The site had an … um … interesting history. Here are the first few lines of the domain’s WHOIS data:
Domain Name: MANAFORTWATCH.ORG
Registry Domain ID: D189396510-LROR
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.whois.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2019-08-30T08:10:23Z
Creation Date: 2016-07-19T01:06:01Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2020-07-19T01:06:01Z
… and here is the site’s hosting history:
The domain was registered through GoDaddy on 10 August, 2016 and initially hosted on a GoDaddy server (18.104.22.168), but two days later, it was moved to the Fintel Associates server (22.214.171.124) that hosts the Justice Through Music Project and Protect Our Elections websites. On 10 August, 2019, the site was moved back to a GoDaddy server (126.96.36.199), and on 1 September, it was taken down well before the expiration date for the registration.
Here’s the interesting thing about that timeline. The domain was registered one week before the New York Times broke the story of the Ukrainian ledger detailing payments made to Manafort. It seems that someone with insider knowledge of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau’s claims about the ledger was involved in registering the domain.
We know that Alexandra Chalupa was working through her Ukrainian contacts to dig up dirt on Manafort. We know that she was working with Kimberlin through that time period.