Identifies Roger Stone as “access point.”
Courtesy of LA Times:
Donald Trump’s campaign viewed Roger Stone as an “access point” to WikiLeaks and tried to use him to get advanced word about hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton, a former top presidential advisor testified Friday.
In reluctant testimony, former campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon told a federal court that Stone, on trial for allegedly lying to Congress and witness tampering, had boasted about his ties to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, alerting the campaign to pending new batches of damaging emails.
“The campaign had no official access to WikiLeaks or to Julian Assange,” Bannon told the court. “But Roger would be considered if we needed an access point.”
It was the first time that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign acknowledged in court that they had actively sought material from WikiLeaks, which released emails that U.S. intelligence agencies determined had been hacked by the Russian government in order to damage Clinton.
The White House had no immediate comment.
I think the conventional wisdom is that Roger Stone was mostly full of shit.
But he did seem to have some idea of when new emails were going to be released, and if the Trump campaign thought that he had access and actively sought the relase of those stolen emails, that would seem to make them complicit in the crime.
I love the part of the movie when all of the bad guys turn on each other like this.