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FBI releases documents showing Roger Stone, Julian Assange communications

New documents from the FBI made public Tuesday showed that Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneVice chair of Oregon Young Republicans group among those arrested at Capitol Trump supporters show up to DC for election protest DC mayor activates National Guard ahead of pro-Trump demonstrations MORE, a longtime GOP operative and associate of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE, was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeGlenn Greenwald discusses UK judge's rejection of US extradition request for Assange Will a British court's decision take Assange off the hook permanently? Assange denied bail in UK MORE.

The new trove of documents highlights the extent to which Stone and Assange communicated during the 2016 campaign, in part regarding damaging information Assange’s anti-secrecy site published about then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE’s presidential campaign.

In exchanges released by the FBI, Stone and Assange discussed the origin of the information on Clinton, which U.S. officials believe was hacked by Russians and handed to WikiLeaks.

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In a direct message on Twitter cited by the FBI, Stone sought to reassure Assange that the issue was “still nonsense” and said “as a journalist it doesn’t matter where you get information only that it is accurate and authentic.” 

“If the US government moves on you I will bring down the entire house of cards,” Stone wrote, according to a transcript of the message.

“With the trumped-up sexual assault charges dropped I don’t know of any crime you need to be pardoned for — best regards. R,” he added, appearing to refer to a sexual assault investigation that has since been dropped by Swedish authorities. 

“Between CIA and DoJ [Department of Justice] they’re doing quite a lot. On the DoJ side that’s coming most strongly from those obsessed with taking down Trump trying to squeeze us into a deal,” Assange, who was charged last year with violating the Espionage Act, among other things, replied. 

Stone wrote back that he was doing everything possible to “address the issues at the highest level of Government.”

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The records further illuminate Stone’s role as an unofficial go-between for the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks as Trump’s team sought to gain insight into what Assange would be releasing on Clinton.

Stone acknowledged the communication he had with Assange but maintained no crime had been committed. 

“I have no trepidation about their release as they confirm there was no illegal activity and certainly no Russian collusion by me during the 2016 Election,” Stone said in a statement to The Associated Press. “There is, to this day, no evidence that I had or knew about the source or content of the Wikileaks disclosures prior to their public release.”

Stone was found guilty in 2019 of witness tampering and obstructing a congressional probe into Russian election interference and was sentenced to more than three years in prison, but he has vociferously maintained his innocence.