Donald Trump’s close friend and ally Roger Stone admitted Monday that he has been in communication with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks regarding hacking efforts against the Clinton campaign.
Stone, who has become the Trump campaign’s unofficial conspiracy theory-wrangler, made the admission in Florida while speaking to the Southwest Broward Republican Organization.
Watch, via Media Matters:
QUESTIONER: With regard to the October surprise, what would be your forecast on that given what Julian Assange has intimated he’s going to do?
ROGER STONE: Well, it could be any number of things. 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.
WikiLeaks released more than 19,000 emails and voicemails hacked from the Democratic National Committee just before and during the Democratic National Convention in a transparent bid to stoke tensions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Cybersecurity and national security experts cite strong evidence that Russian military intelligence units were involved.
Due to his long history of bankruptcies, Trump allegedly depends on Russian financing for his projects. He has also been highly complimentary of Putin, deflecting questions about murdered Russian journalists and Putin’s invasions of neighboring countries by saying “at least he’s a leader.” Tellingly, the only change Trump’s team made to the party platform this year was to soften language about selling lethal weaponry to Ukraine, where Russia is embroiled in a proxy conflict.
Pointing to the way Trump openly admires Putin for admiring him, former CIA head Michael Morrell wrote in a New York Times editorial last weekend that the reality show star could at least be considered “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
Assange absurdly insists “there is no proof” Russia was responsible for the hacking, but his well-documented antipathy for Clinton belies any claims of ‘transparency.’
Still holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he is waiting out rape charges in Sweden, Assange lamely told cable talk show host Bill Maher this weekend that WikiLeaks is supposedly trying to obtain Trump’s taxes. It was a dubious assertion that got walked back by the WikiLeaks organization the very next day.
Stone, who worked as a dirty trickster for President Richard Nixon, is an acknowledged master of the political hit-job and a primary source for the various absurd conspiracy theories that Trump spouts on the campaign trail despite being officially fired a year ago.
For example, Stone was seen as the source for ridiculous stories that tied Ted Cruz’s father Rafael to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 — which didn’t stop him from alternately trying to blame the Clintons as well. Known for racist and sexist remarks, since just hte beginning of this year, Stone has co-authored a book of smears about the Clintons with the insane Robert Morrow, dabbled in 9/11 ‘truth’ with Holocaust-denying podcaster James Fetzer, and appeared on the Alex Jones show.
Most observers expect that Stone will attempt to spring an ‘October Surprise’ of some sort, perhaps by dumping more hacked documents. If we are to take him at his word, Stone is indeed working dilligently to make that happen.
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