Roger Stone

In August 2016, Donald Trump’s friend Roger Stone repeatedly discussed having backchannel communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and claimed to have knowledge of forthcoming leaks from the group. Before these leaks, Stone openly talked about forthcoming leaks of emails of John Podesta, Huma Abedin, and Cheryl Mills; and emails relating to the Clinton Foundation. Source1 Source2 (youtube: statement around the 7-minute mark) Source3 (youtube: statement around the 6-1/2-minute mark) Source4

Also in August 2016, Roger Stone conducted private communications with the Guccifer 2.0 persona, which has been revealed to have been Russian military intelligence GRU. In these communications, Guccifer 2.0 asked Stone to collaborate. Source Stone additionally publicly praised Guccifer 2.0. On August 13, during a brief period when Twitter temporarily banned the Guccifer 2.0 account, Stone protested that “Clintonistas” needed to “censor their critics to rig the upcoming election.” Source

Apparently, Stone agreed that Guccifer 2.0 was specifically targeting the Clinton campaign as a “critic.”

In late August 2016, the Guccifer 2.0 persona communicated with Internet magazine The Smoking Gun regarding their communication with Donald Trump’s friend Roger Stone, and bragging about hacking the DNC. Guccifer 2.0 additionally expressed their suspicion that the FBI was monitoring their communications. Source

On August 22, 2016, after Florida Republican operative Aaron Nevins solicited material from Guccifer 2.0 and offered his help, Guccifer 2.0 sent Nevins a large set of files stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), including their “get out the vote” strategy for Florida. Nevins analyzed the data and post some of it along with his analysis on his anonymous blog HelloFLA.com. Nevins would later tell the Wall Street Journal that he believed the voter turnout models were exceptionally valuable information, and that Guccifer 2.0 didn’t realize their value until he told them. At least one Republican campaign consultant confirmed to the Journal that they may have modified their campaign strategy based on the leaked data. Source1 Source2

On September 9, 2016, Guccifer 2.0 sent Roger Stone a link to Aaron Nevins’s Florida blog hosting material Guccifer 2.0 had stolen from the DCCC, asking Stone what he thought. Stone replied, “Pretty standard.” Source

On October 2-5, 2016, Roger Stone made several public hints about what he claimed would be the “mother lode” of hacked material damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. On October 7, 2016, only two hours after the Washington Post published a video of Donald Trump bragging to a host of Access Hollywood about sexually assaulting women (source), Wikileaks released its first tranche of emails stolen from the account of Clinton campaign member John Podesta. Source

On October 12, 2016, in an interview with The Daily Caller, Roger Stone essentially admitted that his statements about the forthcoming leak were references to the Podesta emails, stating, “I was led to believe that there would be a major release on a previous Wednesday.” Source

On March 7, 2017, Roger Stone was interviewed by Russian state-backed media outlet RT, where he characterized Trump’s false claims about the Obama administration wiretapping Trump Tower during his presidential campaign as “the most outrageous breach of law and of morality in American public history,” and called on Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey. Stone also claimed that “alternative” news sources Breitbart, InfoWars, and the Daily Caller reflect a change for the better in the content of news media available in the US. Source