President Trump’s former political adviser Roger Stone boasted in now deleted tweets that he has a “perfectly legal back channel” to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Wikileaks published thousands of emails related to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
Stone originally tweeted about President Trump’s unproven assertion that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. Stone initially tweeted that Obama was responsible for illegal surveillance and must be “charged, convicted and jailed.”
In response to another Twitter user accusing him of libel, Stone erupted in the deleted tweet that he had a “perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary.”
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Assange is currently seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to face sexual assault charges in Sweden.
Wikileaks published troves of hacked e-mails from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, a longtime ally. Intelligence officials concluded Russia was behind the hacks.
The White House asked on Sunday for Congress to investigate whether the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower, which Obama legally cannot do. Leaders of the Senate and House intelligence panels agreed to look into the issue as part of a broader probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.
Stone said in a Facebook post later Sunday that he never denied he had a mutual friend with Assange. The friend told Stone that Assange “had the goods on HRC and would begin disclosures in October.”
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