One of the men responsible for building President Donald Trump’s massive misinformation machine has admitted that he was involved in the plot to illegally leak misleading information about Hillary Clinton before the presidential election last November.
Roger Stone served as a strategist in the Trump campaign and he’s known throughout Republican politics as an expert at manufacturing negative information about Democratic candidates. Over the weekend on Twitter, Stone had a bizarre meltdown in which he admitted that he was in communication with the anti-Clinton operatives who promoted inaccurate and misleading information meant to discredit Hillary Clinton.
The leaks against Clinton were organized by Julian Assange and Wikileaks – and they were illegal and potentially dangerous to our national security. If a member of the Trump campaign was an active co-conspirator in that operation, that is a very serious offense.
Stone made the confession on Twitter, though it has since been deleted. He was in the midst of a troubling rampage on the social networking sit over the weekend, sending hostile attacks to critics of the Trump administration.
Before Stone deleted the incriminating tweet, journalist Kriston Capps captured a screenshot, seen here on Twitter:
Here’s the screengrab of Roger Stone admitting the Trump campaign colluded with Asange and Wikileaks (I know, real stunner) pic.twitter.com/TcBrMrSTig
— Kriston Capps (@kristoncapps) March 5, 2017
In the past, Stone has gone back and forth about whether he was in touch with Russian interests or the anti-Clinton leakers. For a man who has made a career out of making up lies, that shouldn’t be surprising. Huffington Post reports:
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.”
Advisers to the American president should not be having “back-channel communications” with international spies.
The evidence strongly points to the conclusion that Roger Stone and other members of Trump’s inner circle were communicating with Russia-aligned operatives as part of a campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton.
Trump didn’t win the election – he stole it.