WaPo: Roger Stone Told Associate About Contact With Julian Assange In 2016

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

The Post reports that Stone told confidantes that he spoke directly to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in spring 2016, when Assange told him of the emails he'd obtained of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.

Stone... said he had learned from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that his organization had obtained emails that would torment senior Democrats such as John Podesta, then campaign chairman for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. WikiLeaks released the emails in July and October, several months after the reported conversation between Stone and his associate, according to the Post. The U.S. intelligence community later concluded the hackers were working for Russian Federation.

Another Stone associate, Sam Nunberg, told the Post Monday that Stone had told him about a meeting he had with Assange in 2016.

Stone and Assange have denied communicating with one another, and the GOP operative has denied advance knowledge of the WikiLeaks document dumps - which he sometimes appeared to foreshadow on social media.

Stone admitted telling Nunberg he met with Assange, but told the Post the comment was made in jest - claiming that he uttered what he termed a "throwaway line" as part of an effort to avoid making weekend plans with Nunberg.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump after being connected to him through Stone, told the newspaper that he had described the matter to investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"I think it's pretty obvious that they're asking me about Roger Stone and Julian Assange", said Nunberg. "The idea that I would meet with Assange undetected is ridiculous on its face"'.

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