In the last couple days, we learned that Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone talked of meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an email, which has been uncovered.
“I dined with my new pal Julian Assange last nite,” Stone wrote in the August 2016 email to former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg.
Stone has said that his comment was a joke and that he never talked to Assange.
He told the Daily Caller the email to Nunberg “was simply a continuation of the same joke I had sarcastically made to Nunberg as I ended a prior phone call with him, after it had dragged on for far too long.”
“At all times before, during and after both that phone call and the subsequent tongue-in-cheek email that made my ‘dinner with Assange’ into a running joke, I was firmly ensconced right here in the United States of America, nowhere near London, Assange or anything even resembling foreign soil,” Stone said.
“Sam, being a neurotic, would sometimes call me dozens of times throughout the day. Late one Friday night, while I was trying to get him off the phone, he asked me if I had weekend plans,” he said. “I responded, ‘I think I’ll fly to London and have dinner with Julian Assange,’ adding ‘when I realized that Nunberg actually believed that I had flown to London, I simply milked the joke a little more in a subsequent email.’ “
Yeah. I don’t get the joke.
But there’s more.
Roger Stone appeared on the InfoWars radio show the same day he sent the email and he predicted “devastating” upcoming disclosures about the Clinton Foundation.
Stone’s comments in his August 4, 2016, appearance are the earliest known time he claimed to know of forthcoming WikiLeaks documents. A CNN KFile timeline shows that on August 10, 2016, Stone claimed to have “actually communicated with Julian Assange.”
So it is a little hard to claim that this was an inside “joke” between himself and Sam Nunberg.
I hope Stone has good lawyers.