Roger Stone, the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, texted a friend about hacks into Hillary Clinton’s campaign days before they were revealed by WikiLeaks, it has been reported.
Stone sent text messages to radio host Randy Credico on October 1, 2016 – six days before WikiLeaks published emails hacked from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, according to NBC News.
‘Big news Wednesday,’ Credico said in a text message to Stone on Oct. 1, 2016. ‘Now pretend u don’t know me.’
Stone replied five minutes later: ‘U died 5 years ago.’
‘Great,’ Credico responded. ‘Hillary’s campaign will die this week.’
Stone provided the text messages to NBC in an apparent attempt to show that Credico was a source of information about WikiLeaks.
Stone himself denies that he colluded with WikiLeaks to hack into the Democrats’ emails.
Credico communicated to Stone that he had inside information as to what WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, had planned.
Roger Stone, the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, texted a friend about hacks into Hillary Clinton’s campaign days before they were revealed by WikiLeaks, it has been reported
Stone sent text messages to radio host Randy Credico on October 1, 2016 – six days before WikiLeaks published emails hacked from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta
Stone provided the text messages to NBC News, apparently in an attempt to show that Credico was a source of information about WikiLeaks
When reached by NBC News, however, Credico denied this.
‘There’s absolutely nothing there that I had any knowledge of anything that Assange was going to do because I didn’t,’ Credico said.
‘Where’s the smoking gun?’
Stone, however, said the text messages prove that he wasn’t in touch with WikiLeaks.
‘These text messages prove beyond dispute that Randy Credico was the source who told me of the significance of the material that Julian Assange told CNN he had and would publish in June 2016 and that Credico’s source was indeed a woman attorney who worked for WikiLeaks,’ Stone said.
‘If Randy said anything different to the grand jury, he perjured himself under oath.’
Stone’s lawyer, Grant Smith, agreed.
Several associates linked to Roger Stone (above) have been questioned by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Credico communicated to Stone that he had inside information as to what WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, had planned. When reached by NBC News, however, Credico denied this. Credico is seen above in Washington, D.C. on September 7
Stone himself claimed during the presidential campaign that he was in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (above). In August 2016, Stone predicted that WikiLeaks would once again leaks thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic Party
‘The texts provided to NBC News demonstrate that my client, Roger Stone, has been consistent for the past two years in his assertion that Randy Credico was the person who was providing him what limited information Mr. Stone had regarding WikiLeaks,’ Smith said.
The text messages show that Stone and Credico knew WikiLeaks had damaging information about Clinton months before they were released.
‘Julian Assange has kryptonite on Hillary,’ Credico texted Stone on August 27.
On October 3, Credico texted Stone: ‘I think it’s on for tomorrow.’
Forty minutes before that text was sent, Stone posted a tweet suggesting that he knew WikiLeaks was planning something big.
‘I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon #LockHerUp,’ read Stone’s tweet.
That same day, Credico texted Stone: ‘Why can’t you get Trump to come out and say that he would give Julian Assange Asylum?’
A few hours later, Credico sent Stone another text which read: ‘Off the Record Hillary and her people are doing a full-court press they keep Assange from making the next dump…That’s all I can tell you on this line…Please leave my name out of it.’
Stone replied: ‘So nothing will happen tonight?’
Credico answered: ‘tuesday….There is so much stuff out there… There will be an announcement but not on the balcony.’
A few minutes later, Credico texted Stone again, saying: ‘And by the way your friend did not have a meeting with Julian Assange that’s a complete lie.’
‘How would u know, rummy?’ Stone replied.
The ‘friend’ referenced here is blogger Charles Ortel, who Stone mistakenly thought had met with Assange.
‘Because I’m best friends with [Assange’s] lawyer and leave it at that and leave it alone,’ Credico replied to Stone.
Credico was referring to Margaret Ratner Kunstler, who declined comment to NBC News.
The next day, October 4, Assange announced that WikiLeaks would release emails related to the 2016 campaign.
The actual email dump took place on October 7 – hours after The Washington Post leaked the so-called Access Hollywood ‘p***ygate’ tape.
Earlier this week, Jerome Corsi, an associate of Stone, said he expects to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for lying to federal authorities in the Russia investigation.
Corsi, a right-wing author who has espoused conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s place of birth and the September 11 attacks, said on his YouTube broadcast on Monday that he anticipates an indictment soon.
He said that in the two months since he was initially questioned by FBI agents working for the Mueller investigation, ‘the entire negotiations and discussions have just blown up.’
‘I fully anticipate that in the next few days I will be indicted by Mueller for some form or other of giving false information to the Special Counsel or the grand jury… but I am going to be criminally charged,’ Corsi said on his show.
Corsi hosts a daily internet program. He has written books alleging that Obama was not an American citizen, John McCain had secret ties to Al-Qaida, and the government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.
Jerome Corsi, a right-wing author who has espoused conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s place of birth and the September 11 attacks, said on his YouTube broadcast on Monday that he anticipates an indictment soon
‘This has been one of the most frightening experiences of my life,’ Corsi said on Monday.
‘At the end of two months my mind was mush.’
The 72-year-old Corsi said: ‘I’m going to be indicted. That’s what we’ve been told. Everyone should know that.’
‘Trying to explain yourself to these people is impossible… I guess I couldn’t tell the special prosecutor what he wanted to hear,’ he said.
Corsi denounced Mueller and the Department of Justice, accusing them of politically persecuting him because of his support for President Donald Trump.
‘The Department of Justice is run by criminals,’ Corsi said. ‘I think my crime really was that I supported Donald Trump.
‘Now I guess I’ll go to prison for the rest of my life, because I dared to oppose the Deep State.’
Corsi is appealing to his supporters for help in funding his legal defense.
He created a PayPal page where donors could contribute money.
Corsi’s entanglement in the investigation has been reported in recent weeks as Mueller has focused on associates of Stone.
Stone has claimed that Corsi and Credico were his sources of damaging information about Democrats.
Stone told The Washington Post on Monday that he and his lawyers have ‘fully reviewed’ all of his communications with Corsi.
Stone himself claimed during the presidential campaign that he was in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Mueller (seen above in 2017) has reportedly focused on Stone in recent weeks over his alleged ties to WikiLeaks
In August 2016, Stone predicted that WikiLeaks would once again leaks thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic Party.
‘I actually have communicated with Assange,’ he bragged to a Republican group in Florida that month.
A few weeks later, Stone tweeted that it would soon be ‘Podesta’s time in the barrel’, seemingly referring to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
Six weeks later, WikiLeaks unleashed dozens of stolen emails from Podesta’s account.