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Roger Stone, friend discussed WikiLeaks plans ahead of election: report

Former informal Trump campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCohen on Giuliani: 'Chickens coming home to roost' There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE and a man who Stone alleges was his back channel to WikiLeaks discussed the group’s plans in the days leading up to the release of hacked emails, NBC News reported Wednesday.

Former New York radio host Randy Credico texted Stone on Oct. 1, 2016, “Big news Wednesday. Now pretend u don’t know me,” according to messages given to NBC by Stone.

“U died 5 years ago,” Stone reportedly responded.

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“Great. Hillary’s campaign will die this week,” Credico texted back, according to NBC.

No information was sent out by WikiLeaks that Wednesday, but the group did release emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE's campaign chair John Podesta two days later, on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Reached for comment by The Hill, Credico replied, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“There's absolutely nothing there that I had any knowledge of anything that Assange was going to do because I didn't,” he also told NBC News. "Where's the smoking gun?"

Stone told the outlet that the texts prove his story, that Credico was his back channel for information on WikiLeaks. Credico has repeatedly denied the allegation.

"These text messages prove beyond dispute that Randy Credico was the source who told me of the significance of the material that Julian Assange told CNN he had and would publish in June 2016 and that Credico’s source was indeed a woman attorney who worked for WikiLeaks," Stone told NBC News. "If Randy said anything different to the grand jury, he perjured himself under oath.”

The Hill has reached out to Stone for comment.

The outlet reported that Credico told Stone in the texts that his source inside WikiLeaks wasn’t group founder Julian Assange, but rather a longtime friend who was working as Assange’s lawyer.

Stone has been a person of focus for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE, who is investigating whether Stone had prior knowledge that WikiLeaks would release damaging information just weeks before the 2016 election.

Mueller also alleges that the emails were hacked by Russian military agents, and earlier this year indicted 12 officers believed to work for Russian military intelligence unit the GRU for the DNC hack.

Stone had publicly suggested that he knew WikiLeaks would release the emails in the days before the information dump. The organization published the first documents in the hours after the "Access Hollywood" tape was released, in which President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE could be heard bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent.

Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, told The Hill last month that he learned through a tip from a source that WikiLeaks had "bombshell information" that would disrupt the 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Wednesday that Mueller was looking at whether Stone sought to discredit or intimidate Credico, who has testified before Mueller's grand jury.

Stone categorically denied that he tried to intimidate his former friend, and said he only wanted Credico to "tell the truth."