Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Admits Collusion With WikiLeaks, Then Deletes It

Roger Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, acknowledged late Saturday that he had a “back channel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, amid mounting reports that multiple advisers to Trump’s campaign had undisclosed communication with Russian officials.

”Never denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary,” Stone wrote Saturday night.

Stone later deleted the tweet, along with several other offensive tweets, including posts where he called various women “fat [and] stupid” and “you stupid ignorant ugly bitch.”

Stone admitted in October that he had “back-channel communication with Assange” after WikiLeaks began releasing the hacked emails of John Podesta, campaign chairman for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I do have a back-channel communication with Assange, because we have a good mutual friend,” Stone said in October. “That friend travels back and forth from the United States to London and we talk. I had dinner with him last Monday.”

Stone denied having direct contact with Assange himself.

In August, even before the emails were released, Stone alluded to “Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

Last week, Stone sneered at the ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump team’s ties to Russia, calling it a “witch hunt.”

“Sure, they’ll get my grocery lists,” he said. “They may get the emails between my wife and I, but here’s what they won’t get ― any contact with the Russians.”

The New York Times reported last month that Stone is one of several Trump advisers under FBI investigation for contact with Russian officials.

But Stone denied that he was being investigated, telling NBC that “they won’t find anything of this nature.”

“They’d be pretty bored if they wanted to look at my e-mails or transmissions because they won’t find anything of this nature,” he said. “I have no Russian clients. I’ve never been in touch with anyone in Russia.”

Roger Stone was recorded on video telling Florida Republicans on the campaign trail last summer: ‘I actually have communicated with Assange.’ Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters


Roger Stone, a former adviser to Donald Trump, wrote on Saturday night that he has a “perfectly legal back channel” to Julian Assange, whose organization WikiLeaks published emails related to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that intelligence agencies say were hacked by Russian intelligence. Stone then deleted the message.

While tweeting his support of the president’s unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama tried to undermine the Trump campaign, Stone directed a series of angry and 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 the goods on #CrookedHillary”.

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

Stone sent similar, profanity-laced messages to other critics of the president, including author JK Rowling, whom he suggested should take refugees and migrants into her own home. Stone then deleted the tweets.

Hours later, he added: “Just nothing better than calling out liberal jerk offs on Twitter. We won, you lost. You’re done!”

A political operative whose work with the Republican party dates back to the days of Richard Nixon – whose face is tattooed on Stone’s back – Stone reportedly retains ties to the president, though he officially left Trump’s campaign in late 2015.

In an interview last week with Breitbart News, the site recently run by Steve Bannon, now Trump’s chief strategist, Stone was described as one of Trump’s “political mentors” and someone who “remains one of his closest confidantes”.

Last fall, US intelligence agencies formally accused the Kremlin of trying to interfere in the 2016 election, and in January reported that Russia’s intent was to help Trump’s campaign defeat Clinton.

Part of that covert effort, the agencies said, was to hack into the emails of the Democratic party and Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. Those emails were then released by WikiLeaks over several months of the campaign.

Assange, who has spent four years living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, has denied that Russian agents provided the emails.

During the campaign last August, Stone was recorded on video telling a group of Florida Republicans: “I actually have communicated with Assange.”

“I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation, but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be,” he said.

He then seemed to preview the WikiLeaks dump of Podesta emails, writing on Twitter: “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

In October, he told a local CBS reporter about “a back-channel communication with Assange, because we have a good mutual friend”.

“That friend travels back and forth from the United States to London and we talk,” Stone said.

In an interview with CBS last week, Stone denied having any “direct conversations” with Assange and added: “Nor did I have advance knowledge of either the matter of his subsequent disclosures, or who he did or did not hack”.

The FBI is reportedly investigating Stone, along with former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, former adviser Carter Page and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, for possible contacts with Russian officials.

In an interview with the Guardian last month, Stone called for an unbiased investigation into such alleged links, saying: “The president should tell his attorney general that either he finds proof of this, or he puts it to bed and announces none of it happened.”

He added: “I would relish the opportunity to testify in public under oath on this issue.”

Stone also denied that he had any contact with Russian officials during or after the campaign. “There was no collusion,” he said. “I have had no connection with the Russians. If the government has evidence that I was colluding with the Russians in Donald Trump’s campaign, they should indict me immediately.”

In a separate interview with CBS this week, Stone said that the investigation was biased.

“It’s a witch hunt,” he said. “I know it is.”


Trump ally Roger Stone goes on Twitter tirade where he fat-shames Republican pundit Ana Navarro and calls J.K Rowling a 'hypocrite'

Roger Stone, a longtime Trump political ally, got in a number of nasty Twitter rows with reporters and pundits this weekend – and labeled Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling a 'hypocrite' after she called attention to his tweets.

In an email with DailyMail.com, Stone stood by his tweets writing, 'My pathetic critics lost the election – they need to get over it,' he wrote. 'I will be neither silenced or censored.'

When the Huffington Post labeled his Tweetfest a 'meltdown,' he tweeted back Sunday that this was 'just a typical Saturday night kicking liberal a** in the #STONEZONE.'

It all began with Stone chiming in on the most recent news storm coming from President Donald Trump, his allegation that President Barack Obama had wire-tapped Trump Tower in the run-up to the presidential election, of which the president offered no proof.

Stone called on Obama to be 'charged, convicted and jailed.'

When Twitter user @RVAWonk, a self-proclaimed feminist, scientist and statistics professor, shot back asking, 'Do you know what libel is, Mr. Stone?' the GOP political consultant replied, 'Bring it! Would enjoy crushing u in court and forcing you to eat s*** - you stupid ignorant ugly b****.'

Rowling captured this conversation and tweeted it to her own followers.

'This man is an advisor to the leader of the free world. This guy, right here,' the best-selling British author wrote, using a hashtag to spell out Stone's name.

Stone responded by tagging the names of two right-wing writers, who had suggested Rowling house migrants and refugees at her large house.

'#Hypocrite,' he called the Harry Potter creator.

Stone also slapped around Republican CNN contributor Ana Navarro, who was critical of Trump throughout the presidential campaign and has of late been referring to him as 'President Loco.'
Loco is Spanish for crazy.

'7 deranged tweets in 3 hours. President Loco escaped asylum,' she tweeted yesterday, after Trump tweeted his wild wire-tapping allegation. 'Palm Beach, be on lookout for a man w/taped red tie, claiming to be President,' the pundit added, referring to the fact that Trump is spending the weekend at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has also been spotted using Scotch tape to hold together his tie.

Stone said that Navarro was 'fat, stupid and f***ing Al Cardenas,' referring to another influential Florida Republican, the former head of the American Conservative Union who backed Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2016 GOP primary.

Linking to a Washington Post graphic that showed the Trump administration connections to Russia, Stone wrote, 'Total horseshit from the CIA controlled Washington Post.'

Stone called a number of Trump critics, including Yashar Ali, who covers politics for the Daily Beast and New York Magazine, 'pathetic losers' who could kiss his 'a**.'

Additionally, he told Ali, 'Go f*** yourself, u talented asswipe.'

He got into it again with @RVAWonk too.

In a since-deleted tweet he called her a 'stupid, stupid b****,' and explained that he 'never denied perfectly legal back channel to [Wikileaks founder Julian] Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary.'

The tweet inspired headlines like one from the Huffington Post, which said Stone 'admits collusion with Wikileaks' or another from The Hill, which notes Stone's claim of a 'legal back channel' as if it was new.

Talking to DailyMail.com, Stone suggested that the story was already out there, saying he 'ANNOUNCED' that he had a mutual friend who had communicated with Assange and tipped him off that Wikileaks had dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which the site would start disclosing in October. 

Both the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta were hacked and the content of those emails was released by Wikileaks.

Last fall, U.S. intelligence agencies accused Russia of trying to interfere in the 2016 election, blaming the Kremlin for the email account hacks, saying in January that the aim was to try and help Trump win the election over Clinton.

'Assange does NOT work for Russians and no one has proved otherwise,' Stone said in an email. 'Although I never had direct contact would be neither illegal or improper.'

'Nothing Wikileaks released has ever proved to be fabricated or untrue,' Stone continued. 'This is/was all an effort to distract from the substance of the disclosures which documented corruption of Crooked Hillary and her running dog lackeys like Podesta.'

'Busted!' Stone told DailyMail.com. 

Stone remained defiant on Twitter today too. 

'Just nothing better than calling out liberal jerk offs on Twitter,' Stone tweeted Sunday after his series of spats. 'We won, you lost. You're done!'

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