Report: Roger Stone communicated directly with WikiLeaks, despite denials

Report: Roger Stone communicated directly with WikiLeaks, despite denials
Report: Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign
Roger Stone’s full Twitter private message conversation with WikiLeaks shows no further engaged conversation beyond October 16, 2016, a full record of the conversation obtained by The Daily Caller reveals.

The messages show WikiLeaks’ post-2016 election attempts to continue communicating with Stone by providing pictures of an email exchange with CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski. Stone did not respond to the message.

Before his testimony in September, Stone had bragged about his communications with Wikileaks, which published a trove of Democratic emails just days before the Democratic National Convention in July. In an August 2016 speech to the Southwest Broward Republican Organization, Stone said he had “communicated with Assange.” Later that month, Stone said that he had talked with Assange “through an intermediary.” A few days after that, Stone tweeted that Hillary Clintons campaign manager, John Podesta, will soon have his “time in the barrel.”

Kaczynski told The Daily Caller the direct messages were in reference to a March 2017 story, but that he did not directly quote the emails.

“The true copy of this exchange provided many months ago to the House Intelligence Committee demonstrates I had no collaboration’ with WikiLeaks,” Stone said in a statement to TheDC. His statement follows a partial publishing Tuesday of his exchanges with WikiLeaks by The Atlantic.

Stone has long been at the center of controversy over allegations that he worked with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to coordinate the release of hacked DNC emails during the 2016 presidential election.

“Now [Stone] is trying to narrow the scope of his denials,” Bertrand told CBSN on Wednesday. “Hes insisting that he never said explicitly that he did not speak to WikiLeaks directly. He has said that he never spoke to Julian Assange directly. So hes trying to parse words a bit and have a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to whether or not he actually perjured himself before Congress.”

“The content of the exchange with WikiLeaks shows neither any claim by me to have any information beyond what Assange himself had said publicly and reiterates the statement by WikiLeaks that I had not communicated with them prior to the release of the DNC emails that were both accurate and so damaging to Hillary,” he explained. “My frustration that whoever is manning the WikiLeaks Twitter direct messages is unaware that I had confirmed Assanges claim to have Clinton material is also reflected. That was what I meant when I said WikiLeaks ‘leaks.”

Stone then promoted Assanges October 2016 press conference, saying on “The Alex Jones Show” that “the mother lode” was coming Wednesday. A day later, he tweeted that his “hero Julian Assange” would come through with damning details about Clinton. Assanges press conference was held the next day, and did not reveal anything about Clinton.

“Stone comes off as an aging diva trying to get on the Fame Train with a bunch of people in way over their heads with the Russians,” Intelligence expert and Naval War College professor Tom Nichols told TheDC after reviewing the full exchange. Nichols took care to note to clarify that following The Atlantic’s Tuesday story, the evidence was still currently lacking of any collaboration between Stone and WikiLeaks.

A day after Assanges press conference, Stone tweeted: “Libs thinking Assange will stand down are wishful thinking. Payload coming #Lockthemup.” On October 7th, two days after that Stone tweet, The Washington Post reported that WikiLeaks had begun publishing Podestas emails.

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Accusations of collaboration with WikiLeaks have dogged Stone since he made statements in August 2016 that he was in “communication” with Assange and in October 2016 that he had a “back channel” of communication with the WikiLeaks founder. Stone later clarified that he had communicated with someone at WikiLeaks via radio host Randy Credico, who confirmed previous statements made by Assange. Credico has denied serving as a back channel to The Daily Beast.

He did give credit to the mainstream media for being right that there was one candidate “whose top aides were in bed with the oligarchs around Vladimir Putin” and “whose foundation was taking millions of dollars from Russian interests.” Obviously, he was referring to Hillary Clinton.

Assange also pushed back against Stone’s claim that he was in contact with him in Twitter direct messages from August 2016 recently revealed by The Intercept.

He took a shot at The Atlantic for publishing the “truncated” and “doctored” screenshots of his Twitter direct messages between himself and WikiLeaks, but believes that they prove that he had “no advance knowledge” of the email dumps.

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Stone is a bullshitter, Assange said. Trying to a) imply that he knows anything b) that he contributed to our hard work.

Laura Ingraham mentioned the report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether President Trump had any knowledge of the leaked DNC emails prior to their release and told Stone that his name keeps “popping up.”

Stone told TheDC that his August 2016 twitter prediction that “it will soon Podesta’s time in the barrel” was “based on the January 2016 Panama Papers exposure of the Podesta brother’s Russian business dealings with oligarchs close to Putin in banking, gas and uranium.”

“He has no illusions about Russia or the corruption of the Russian system or that Putin’s a bad guy,” Stone continued, “but they have thermo-nuclear weapons, Laura. Perhaps we should be talking to them.”

A singular photo of Stone’s passport obtained by TheDC shows no foreign arrival stamps between 2010 and 2017, though no additional photos of the passport were provided to TheDC. “My passport proves I never left the country in 2016. I did drop my card off at the Ecuadorian Embassy when I was in London to address the Oxford Union in February of this year, to punk the British media and protest the continued persecution of Julian Assange who I believe is an honest journalist with a stunning record for accuracy.”

“All of this material that was released today had been turned over to the House Intelligence Committee months ago,” Stone told Ingraham. “But this is an attempt to essentially re-inflate a false narrative.”

According to a new report in the Atlantic, Stone communicated with the WikiLeaks Twitter account in October 2016. Though it had long been speculated they were in contact, WikiLeaks had previously denied any exchange occurred. Stone had said his communication with the government transparency organization had happened through an intermediary.

The exchange occurred over Twitter direct messages on Oct. 13, 2016, with Stone asking WikiLeaks to lay off him.

“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, Stone wrote.

In the 2016 election, it’s widely believed that WikiLeaks laundered hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign for the Russian government.

In advance of the release of a batch of the emails, Stone tweeted on Oct. 1, “Wednesday @HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.”

According to the Atlantic, Stone told the House Intelligence Committee during an interview in September, “I have 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.”

However, the screenshot of the Twitter DM was obtained by the House Intelligence Committee. When reached by the Atlantic, Stone said these DMs vindicated him.

“They prove conclusively that I had no advance knowledge of content or source of WikiLeaks publications.”

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