Newly released FBI documents reveal communication between Roger Stone, Julian Assange

The documents, which were FBI affidavits, were released following a lawsuit brought by several media outlets

Updated: April 29, 2020 - 1:14pm

FBI documents made public Tuesday, show that Roger Stone, shortly after the Mueller Russia collusion investigation began, communicated to Julian Assange, telling the Wikileaks founder that he would step in if prosecutors came after Assange. 

“I will bring down the entire house of cards,” wrote Stone to Assange in a private Twitter message.

“As a journalist it doesn’t matter where you get information only that it is accurate and authentic,” Stone told Assange in a message from the summer of 2017.

“Between CIA and DoJ they’re doing quite a lot. On the DoJ side that’s coming most strongly from those obsessed with taking down Trump trying to squeeze us into a deal,” responded Assange.

Assange, who was at the time hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, is now in prison in England, fighting an attempt to extradite him to the United States. Last year the Justice Department charged him with a variety of crimes, including violating the Espionage Act when he allegedly instructed Chelsea Manning in a massive leak of classified government information.

Stone, who was convicted in 2019 of lying to member of the House and obstructing Congress’s Russia probe, is currently waiting on a date assignment to surrender himself to federal prison. The timeline remains unclear due to the pandemic, but Stone was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison.

A statement from Stone on Tuesday read that he has “no trepidation” about the release of his messages with Assange, because “they confirm there was no illegal activity and certainly no Russian collusion bu me during the 2016 Election.”

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