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Roger Stone admits he talked Wikileaks and Julian Assange with Trump campaign in 2016, Steve Bannon and Rebekah Mercer oddly connected

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Roger Stone today revealed that in 2016 he was in communication with at least one senior Trump presidential campaign official about forthcoming WikiLeaks leaks that would be damaging to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Stone is a longtime Donald Trump consigliere, and former colleague of the currently jailed Paul Manafort. On Thursday, Stone confirmed what many of us already knew or suspected by way of an opinion piece for the right-wing Daily Caller, in which Stone revealed an exchange he had with Steve Bannon, who was at the time the chief executive of Trump's presidential campaign. Stone's Daily Caller op-ed with the Bannon/Wikileaks e-mails were published *just* before the New York Times story about those very emails went live. Very Roger Stone. NEW: Emails we've obtained show how Bannon considered Stone a conduit to Wikileaks .. how closely Breitbart was tied to the campaign .. and how Stone asked Bannon to have Rebecca Mercer send money for his efforts to undermine Clinton. — Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) November 1, 2018 The NYT piece by Mike Schmidt et al details how Stone pitched himself to Trump campaign officials as someone who had connections and influence with WikiLeaks and Julian ASSange. From the NYT's preface to their archive of the Roger Stone/Wikileaks/Trump campaign emails: When WikiLeaks published a trove of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman a month before the 2016 election, it was widely viewed as an attempt to damage her standing, even as WikiLeaks defended the release as an effort to bring greater transparency to American politics. Read the rest

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