This secret message just exposed the real truth about a Trump aid colluding with Russia
Democrats and the media have speculated for months that Trump confidante Roger Stone was one of the Americans who colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
They have zeroed in on his reported association with WikiLeaks as evidence.
But secret messages between Stone and WikiLeaks revealed the real story about collusion.
Stone – who has worked in GOP politics since the days of Richard Nixon – is know as the master of dirty tricks.
And throughout the campaign, he claimed to have a backchannel connection with WikiLeaks.
This led many in the press to speculate he was in on WikiLeaks releasing hacked emails obtained from John Podesta because he tweeted that it would soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel.
But leaked private twitter messages between Stone and WikiLeaks tell the real story.
The correspondence shows WikiLeaks was asking Stone to stop any false claims of association with the anti-secrecy website.
Democrats contend WikiLeaks is a front for Russian intelligence.
If that is the case, WikiLeaks demanding Stone stop claiming an association because it wasn’t true would be clear evidence there was no conclusion.
The Daily Caller reports these messages put an end to the conspiracy theories that Stone was somehow a cutout used by Russia to communicate with the Trump campaign:
“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.
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.
“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 Assange’s claim to have Clinton material is also reflected. That was what I meant when I said WikiLeaks ‘leaks.’”