Stone messaged WikiLeaks on Oct. 13, 2016, and wrote, Since I was all over national TV, cable and print defending wikileaks and assange against the claim that you are Russian agents and debunking the false charges of sexual assault as trumped up bs you may want to rexamine [SIC] the strategy of attacking me, according to The Atlantic.
The WikiLeaks Twitter account, which is run by a rotating staff, responded an hour later by writing, We appreciate that. However, the false claims of association are being used by the democrats to undermine the impact of our publications. Dont go there if you dont want us to correct you.
The Atlantic Publishes Campaign-Era Messages Between Wikileaks, Roger Stone
Stone responded, Ha! The more you correct me the more people think youre lying. Your operation leaks like a sieve. You need to figure out who your friends are.
It wasnt until the morning after President Trump won the elections that WikiLeaks Twitter account sent another direct message to Stone that read, Happy? No we are more free to communicate.
Stone confirmed the messages were authentic and told the Atlantic they were ridiculously out of context.
When Stone appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, he testified he only communicated with WikiLeaks through a third party, while the organization tweeted on March 17, 2017, it had never communicated with Stone.
In the months leading up to the 2016 elections, Stone had repeatedly shared that he communicated with Julian Assange and later clarified it was through an intermediary.
Questions surrounding his possible links to WikiLeaks have been swirling since the strategist predicted the organization would release damaging information about Trumps rival Hillary Clinton.
Stone tweeted it will soon be Podestas time in the barrel, about two months before the emails from Clintons campaign manager were released in a massive WikiLeaks dump.
And in March 2017, Stone, tweeted, [N]ever denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary," Stone tweeted late Saturday night. Less than an hour later, the post was deleted.
Stone, who has vehemently denied colluding with Russia or having any advanced knowledge of Russian hacking, later claimed radio host Randy Credico was his connection to WikiLeaks.
Despite both Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone and Wikileaks claiming they did not communicate directly with one another, new Twitter messages revealed by The Atlantic the two corresponded with each other during the 2016 presidential election.
WikiLeaks claimed to not have talked with Stone in a March 2017 tweet…
@kyletblaine WikiLeaks & Assange have repeatedly confirmed that they have never communicated with Stone. Why did CNN not include this fact?
…and the informal Trump advisor — while testifying under oath — told the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017 that he only talked to the controversial group via an “intermediary,” but the new direct messages show the two corresponded just weeks before the election.
The October 16, 2016 messages between the two went as follows, via The Atlantic:
STONE: “Since I was all over national TV, cable and print defending wikileaks and assange against the claim that you are Russian agents and debunking the false charges of sexual assault as trumped up bs you may want to rexamine the strategy of attacking me- cordially R.”
WIKILEAKS: “We appreciate that. However, the false claims of association are being used by the democrats to undermine the impact of our publications. Don’t go there if you don’t want us to correct you.”
STONE: “Ha! The more you ‘correct’ me the more people think you’re lying. Your operation leaks like sieve. You need to figure out who your friends are.”
The communication between the two is particularly noteworthy, as Stone’s longstanding relationship with the president brings-up questions over whether or not Trump had knowledge of his confidant’s relationship with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange — amid their release of damaging info against his opponent Hillary Clinton.
Stone did note the messages were real, but suggested they were not of importance — telling The Atlantic the DMs are ridiculously out of context and a paste up. This statement confirming the correspondence comes after Stone told lawmakers under oath that he “never said or written that I had any direct communication with Julian Assange and have always clarified in numerous interviews and speeches that my communication with WikiLeaks was through the aforementioned journalist.”