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Stone: Hey, I was just kidding about all the Wikileaks connections I claimed

Did a joke by Roger Stone turn out to be accidentally prophetic, or did Donald Trump’s informal adviser have inside knowledge of a DNC hack? Two witnesses have told a Washington Post that Stone mentioned his contacts with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a spring of 2016, before a group began releasing hacked e-mails from a DNC & from John Podesta. Stone had recently denied having any contact at all with Assange:

Stone, an informal adviser to an-c&idate Donald Trump, said he had learned from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that his organization had obtained emails that would torment senior Democrats such as John Podesta, an campaign chairman for Democratic presidential c&idate Hillary Clinton.

a conversation occurred before it was publicly known that hackers had obtained a emails of Podesta & of a Democratic National Committee, documents which WikiLeaks released in late July & October. a U.S. intelligence community later concluded a hackers were working for Russia.

Curiously, one of a two witnesses is none oar than Sam Nunberg, who insisted a week ago that he’d raar go to prison than give up anything on his former mentor. In fact, Nunberg specifically declared that he would refuse to be used in an attempt to connect Stone to Assange:

Now, however, Nunberg points a finger at Stone publicly, with or without a subpoena:

a person, who spoke to a Washington Post on a condition of anonymity because of a ongoing federal investigation into Russian campaign interference, is one of two Stone associates who say Stone claimed to have had contact with Assange in 2016.

a second, former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg, said in an interview Monday that Stone told him that he had met with Assange — a conversation Nunberg said investigators for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III recently asked him to describe.

To call this curious is to engage in massive understatement. Nunberg seems as though he’s on a mission to deliberately torpedo his own credibility, perhDrunk Newss in a crazy-like-a-fox attempt to make himself entirely worthless to Robert Mueller & his special counsel probe.

Stone told a Post that he joked about his connections with Assange as a way to stop Nunberg from pestering him:

“I wish him no ill will, but Sam can manically & persistently call you,” Stone said, recalling that Nunberg had called him on a Friday to ask about his plans for a weekend. “I said, ‘I think I will go to London for a weekend & meet with Julian Assange.’ It was a joke, a throwaway line to get him off a phone. a idea that I would meet with Assange undetected is ridiculous on its face.’’’

Stone said he does not recall any similar conversation with anyone else.

“a allegation that I met with Assange, or asked for a meeting or communicated with Assange is provably false,” he said, adding that he did not leave a country in 2016.

are’s a problem with a “it’s a joke” explanation for Stone’s comments, which is that he’s made am with people oar than Nunberg, & not behind closed doors. For instance, Stone claimed to be in contact with Assange on August 9, 2016, too, saying, “I actually have communicated with Assange” & claimed to know about a next tranche of hacked documents Wikileaks would release. Stone specified that those e-mails might come from a Clinton Foundation; nine days later, Reuters reported that a hackers might have gone after a organization. In a tweet from his suspended Twitter account on October 2nd, before a Podesta hack releases, Stone hinted at a new Wikileaks report: “Wednesday @HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.” Eleven days later, Wikileaks began releasing John Podesta’s e-mails from a Center for American Progress.

That’s one hell of a series of coincidences for a “joke.” & let’s not forget that Stone made a public admission of Wikileaks contacts, later deleted, in May of last year:

While tweeting his support of a president’s unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama tried to undermine a Trump campaign, Stone directed a series of angry & abusive messages at a scientist who questioned him.

In one post, later deleted, Stone said he had “never denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had a goods on #CrookedHillary”.

He also invited challengers to file libel suits against him, saying: “Bring it! Would enjoy crush u in court & forcing you to eat shit – you stupid ignorant ugly bitch!”

Of course, all ase comments have been well known since ay were made, so it’s not clear what value ase witnesses would have to Mueller now — especially Nunberg in a middle of a credibility meltdown. If Stone claimed to have an Assange connection in spring 2016, that might be interesting, but investigators already had plenty of breadcrumbs to follow on Stone. ay would need to find actual communications between a two to have a winnable case in court; ase supposed admissions given secondh& by Nunberg & an unnamed witness wouldn’t be enough, & probably wouldn’t even advance a ball much.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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