Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks and Russian hackers: Mueller

Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks and Russian hackers: Mueller

  • Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in court filings Friday that former Trump adviser Roger Stone directly communicated with WikiLeaks and Russian hackers who stole thousands of emails from Democrats.
  • The filing is the first time prosecutors have claimed direct contact between Stone, WikiLeaks, and the Russian agents who leaked the stolen emails to the website.
  • Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, leaves the Prettyman United States Courthouse after pleading not guilty to charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Getty Images.
  • A judge imposed a partial gagging order on Stone as well as Mueller’s team to ensure the integrity of Stone’s trial, following his arrest last the month on charges of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
  • Stone has previously admitted communications with Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a Romanian hacktivist before being exposed as a front for Russian intelligence.
  • Mueller’s probe has in previous filings alleged that Stone had contact with two intermediaries with WikiLeaks in text messages, but has not previously alleged direct contact between Stone and the organisation.
  • The Mueller probe has previously claimed that the Russian agents released the stolen emails through its own online accounts and also sent them to WikiLeaks as part of a bid to damage the credibility of President Trump’s rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton.