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Roger Stone: Mueller Discloses Evidence Trump Adviser Communicated With WikiLeaks
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Saturday, 16 February 2019 09:25

Excerpt: "The US Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, disclosed for the first time on Friday that his office has evidence of communications between Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, and WikiLeaks related to the release of hacked Democratic party emails."

Roger Stone, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse on January 25, 2019. Stone was charged by the government of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. (photo: Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
Roger Stone, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse on January 25, 2019. Stone was charged by the government of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. (photo: Johnny Louis/Getty Images)


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Roger Stone: Mueller Discloses Evidence Trump Adviser Communicated With WikiLeaks

By Guardian UK

16 February 19


Stone says evidence is ‘innocuous Twitter direct messages’ that prove ‘absolutely nothing’

he US special counsel, Robert Mueller, disclosed for the first time on Friday that his office has evidence of communications between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks related to the release of hacked Democratic party emails.

In a court filing on Friday, Mueller’s office said it had gathered that evidence in a separate inquiry into Russian intelligence officers who were charged by Mueller with hacking the emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and staging their release.

In an email criticising media coverage of Mueller’s filing on Friday, Stone, a longtime associate of Donald Trump, said the evidence was “innocuous Twitter direct messages” that have already been disclosed to the House Intelligence Committee and “prove absolutely nothing”.

Also on Friday, a federal judge placed some limits on what Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case brought by the special counsel in the Russia investigation.

But the US district judge, Amy Berman Jackson, stopped short of imposing a broad ban on public comments by the outspoken political operative, issuing a limited gag order she said was necessary to ensure Stone’s right to a fair trial and “to maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse and these proceedings”.

Stone was indicted last month for lying to Congress about his communications with others about the hacked emails. Mueller did not say at the time that he had evidence of communications with WikiLeaks. Stone, an ally of Trump for 40 years, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Stone has previously acknowledged brief exchanges with WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 but maintains he never had advance knowledge about the release of hacked emails.

But Friday marked the first time Mueller indicated he had obtained related evidence, although it remained unclear if the evidence is more substantial than what is publicly known.

“The government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release,” Mueller’s team wrote in a filing to the US district court in Washington DC.

“Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1.”

Organization 1 is a reference to WikiLeaks, while Guccifer 2.0 is a hacker persona US intelligence agencies say was a cover name used by Russian military intelligence.

WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 each published emails and other documents from the Democratic party in 2016 in an operation that Mueller alleges was part of a Kremlin-backed effort to tip the election in favour of then Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

WikiLeaks has previously denied any ties to or cooperation with Russia. Stone, 66, was arrested in an FBI raid at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home last month. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. The charges stem from conversations he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released material stolen from Democratic groups, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

US intelligence agencies have said that Russia was the source of the hacked material, and last year Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking. But Stone is not accused of directly coordinating with WikiLeaks.

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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-16 17:13
this author missed totally what just happened. The Mueller COINTELPROBE filed a motion with the court to silence Stone and his attorneys. They are not allowed to talk to anyone about the case. It also got from the judge a waiver of the right to a speedy trial. So now the case against Stone can drag on for years.

In order to persuade the idiot judge to grant these motions, Mueller claimed to have evidence of a connection between Stone and Wikileaks. The filing did not way what that was, it did not present any evidence. It only said Mueller has it. We know this has to be a total lie. Wikileaks has already said several times that it had no correspondence with Stone.

And the idiot judge got so flustered by Mueller's blockbuster revelation, she forgot to say "so what. One journalist like Stone contacting another journalist like Assange would be perfectly legal and normal. What's the problem?"

I think it is easy to see that Mueller will be back in court in a month asking the idiot judge to order Stone into prison and solitary confinement because he broke the gag order. It won't matter if he did or did not. Mueller can say dreaming about Russiagate breaks the gag order. The cowardly judge will order Stone held in solitary confinement for the several years until the trial takes place.

The judge also denied a change of venue petition by the defense. She wants to be Mueller's hangwoman.
 
 
-1 # DongiC 2019-02-17 03:11
I think Stone is a crousin for a bruisin. Back in 2016 he was much more confident about how much Podesta was going to suffer in the barrel and he seemed to know what was going to happen on the document front. Now he claims innocence. I am very skeptical about this sleazy character. He seems like a fit member for the Trump team. Probably why RR rushes to his defense. RR appears to be schizophrenic. Liberal re US involvement in Central America, arch conservative on matters concerning Trump and his minions. How to figure him?
 
 
0 # Anne Frank 2019-02-19 20:08
Mueller will tell any lie to continue the deep state's propaganda war to incite hatred for Russia. The forensic IT experts all agree that the evidence shows the Democratic Party e-mails Wikileaks had were downloaded, not hacked. But why let a little truth stand in the way of World War III?