According to messages procured by the Atlantic, former Trump adviser Roger Stone had direct contact with WikiLeaks, despite numerous statements to contrary -- including testimony given before the House Intelligence Committee.
Stone's communications with WikiLeaks, a radical transparency operation that released Democratic Party emails that the U.S. intelligence community believes were stolen by Russian hackers, are of interest to congressional investigators. In September, Stone testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that he only communicated to WikiLeaks via an "intermediary," which he later identified as radio host Randy Credico.
"I have never said or written that I had any direct communication with Julian Assange and have always clarified in numerous interviews and speeches that my communication with WikiLeaks was through the aforementioned journalist," Stone told the committee.
In a direct message to the WikiLeaks account on October 13th, 2016, Stone wrote: "Since I was all over national TV, cable and print defending wikileaks and assange against the claim that you are Russian agents and debunking the false charges of sexual assault as trumped up bs you may want to rexamine the strategy of attacking me- cordially R."
An hour later, WikiLeaks replied. "We appreciate that. However, the false claims of association are being used by the democrats to undermine the impact of our publications. Don't go there if you don't want us to correct you."
Stone responded two days later, followed by a WikiLeaks message the day after Trump won the election, saying, "Happy? We are now more free to communicate."
Leading up to the 2016 election, Stone bragged on numerous occasions of his communications with both WikiLeaks and Assange, indicating in August that he knew of the coming dump of John Podesta emails; however, later, Stone would deny he had foreknowledge of the event.
In light of recent events, Stone is now trying to make "wiggle room", Bertrand says:
"Now [Stone] is trying to narrow the scope of his denials," Bertrand told CBSN on Wednesday. "He's insisting that he never said explicitly that he did not speak to WikiLeaks directly. He has said that he never spoke to Julian Assange directly. So he's trying to parse words a bit and have a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to whether or not he actually perjured himself before Congress."