Roger Stone is ‘Sick of This Russia BS’ But it’s Just Getting Started
It’s getting a little hot for him lately so he’s lashing out.
So tired of this Russian BS https://t.co/ANw9IxsXFl
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 4, 2017
In his recent interview at The Intercept, Stone gives an etymology of the Russia scandal:
“This meme begins at the instant Donald Trump said that if the Russians have Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, they should release them. From that point on, Trump-is-in-bed-with-Putin becomes a talking point of the Clinton campaign, and their allies in the Obama administration, who include the people in the intelligence agencies, who are, after all, political appointees at the top, second, and third levels.”
Uh, yes. That did raise a lot of people’s suspicions, does Stone find it surprising that it did? It’s not something you see every day in American politics in broad daylight. I think a lot of people were starting to get suspicious after the DNC hack. The timing was just too perfect if the goal was to throw a monkey wrench into the Democratic Convention.
But once Trump publicly told Russia to hack her emails, yes that understandably got a lot of people very suspicious. Here’s what is even more interesting. What Roger Stone said to CSPAN in August soon after Trump’s ‘Russia are you listening?’
It also led the FBI to open an investigation into Trump’s Russia ties.
“Trump Dirty Trickster Roger Stone: How ‘Hero’ Assange Could Help Our Campaign.”
“The conspiracist reveals he’s been in touch with the WikiLeaks founder regarding Clinton emails—and when to dump them on the media.”
Interesting Stone calls him a hero. Why does he call him a hero? Marco Rubio warned Republicans not to refer to anything Wikileaks leaked out.
Yet Stone was saying Assange was a hero-and Trump of course declared: ‘I love Wikileaks.’
So right there hidden in plain sight is our smoking gun-or at least one of them. Remember the big question that the investigations are supposed to answer is: did Trump’s campaign coordinate with this Russian interference?
Was there coordination? What Stone boasted in plain sight on CSPAN in August is clear coordination. And it’s not just that Stone seemed to be psychic regarding the Podesta emails:
“And yes, I did in August say that Podesta’s time in the barrel would come. That was based on my own research into Podesta. None of that information came from WikiLeaks. The idea that I was foreshadowing the hacking of Podesta’s email is false.”
So in other words Stone is claiming that he had the same info on Podesta as Wikileaks did but independently of them? What were his sources?
But this is even more damning for Stone:
“On the C-SPAN show, Stone told Politico’s Alex Isenstadt of his communication to Assange “through an intermediary—somebody who is a mutual friend”—regarding the 30,000 emails the Clinton staff deleted before turning over the contents of the server to Justice Department investigators. (Clinton maintains that only emails of a personal nature were deleted.) Asked to corroborate Assange’s threat of “an October surprise” to stem from that trove, Stone offered a suggestion he clearly deemed to be more helpful to the Trump campaign.”
This seems to be Stone directly following up on Trump’s call for Russia to leak her emails. Stone clearly followed up on it by talking to Julian Assange.
Stone as usual splits hairs and quibbles:
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 5, 2017
There is a lot we do know. We know that Stone’s lobbying partner, Paul Manafort has deep Russian ties and lobbied for pro Russia politicians in the Ukraine. As for Assange we know that he wanted Hillary Clinton to lose the race based on his own statements.
This suggests that he’d be willing to do anything to destroy Clinton and might well be willing to work with the Russians. But then we have his own ties to the notorious anti Semite, Israel Shamir-who is in bed with the Russians.
When Assange released the Chelsea Manning diplomatic cables, he allowed Shamir to get his hands on them. Shamir sold it to the Russians which they used to crackdown on Belarus:
“After Shamir took the cables to Moscow, he traveled to Belarus. There, he met aides to the dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who was then campaigning in a sham election. (Shamir, a controversial figure within WikiLeaks, has evolved into a vociferous Holocaust denier, obsessed with Jewish power.) Not long after Shamir arrived, according to accounts published by the Index on Censorship and the American online magazine Tablet, local news outlets started reporting that the official media was preparing to publish secret documents about the Belarusian opposition.”
“On December 19, 2010, Lukashenko declared himself reelected with 80 percent of the vote. His nearest opponent, the respected dissident Andrei Sannikov, carted off to jail, where he has reportedly been tortured. After the election, Shamir wrote a glowing account of Lukashenko’s government in CounterPunch, denouncing the opposition as “the pro-Western ‘Gucci’ crowd.” He also boasted that WikiLeaks had exposed American “agents” in Belarus, according to an account in the New Statesman.”
“The boasts were ugly but not idle. The next month, a state-run newspaper published what it claimed were excerpts from cables provided by Shamir, which supposedly identified prominent dissidents, including Sannikov, as paid American agents. James Ball, a former WikiLeaks employee who now works for The Guardian, has written that when he and others raised questions about Shamir’s actions, “we were told in no uncertain terms that Assange would not condone criticism of his friend.”
“The Belarusian affair coincided with a deepening of Assange’s connections to Putin’s government. Without much public commentary, Assange has acquired something like Russian government media sponsorship. In April 2012, he launched a half-hour political TV show—eventually named “The Julian Assange Show”—on the Kremlin-funded and -controlled RT television network and website. His first guest was the normally furtive Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. At a moment when Assange’s bright light seemed to be fading, the Russians gave him his own outlet on a network whose primary mission is to advance Putin’s political line. (Greenwald has defended Assange’s association with RT, arguing that working for the Russian network is no different from writing for major U.S. outlets such as The Washington Post, NBC, and The Wall Street Journal, all of them supposedly corrupted by their right-wing corporate ownership.) Assange’s connections to Putin’s regime would appear to have something to do with the next chapter in the NSA controversy—how and why Edward Snowden came to seek asylum in Russia.”
So as you can see, Roger Stone may be sick of this Russian BS, but it’s not going anywhere. And he’s a major thread in Russiagate, a major smoking gun.
And we haven’t even got into the Comey letter and the ways in which he may have been complicit there.
“It should be noted that the takeout of Spitzer was led by Roger Stone, who just so happens to be very close to Donald Trump and close to The New York Post. The Post led the way in the reporting of the Spitzer scandal. Roger is a master, never underestimate Roger.”
If we are to get to the bottom of Russia we must never underestimate Roger Stone who also led the Brooks Brothers riots that shutdown the 2000 recount-which would have shown Al Gore the winner.
He also may have written the famous Canuck Letter that destroyed Ed Muskie-who Nixon thought was his most dangerous Democratic challenger:
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