When conservative firebrand Roger Stone addressed the Northwest Broward Republican Committee on August 10, 2016, he told the crowd he had “communicated with Julian Assange”, the exiled publisher of Wikileaks.
Two months later, Assange, in October 2016, publish a compendium of emails which roiled the 2016 presidential election.
Stone went on to clarify that, while he never communicated directly with Assange, he had asked then-WBIA Radio personality Randy Credico – who he knew had contacts with Assange and his legal team – to confirm Assange’s claim – in a June 2016 interview on CNN – in which the Wikileaks founder promised to publish documents that would embarrass the Clintons just prior to the presidential election.
After the election, when Stone appeared before the House Intelligence Committee investigating the possibility of Russian collusion, Stone was initially reticent to name Credico as his confirming source for fear of professional reprisals from the progressive community against the veteran impressionist and comedian.
At the urging of Congressmen Trey Gowdy, and other Republicans on the committee, Stone ultimately supplied Credico’s name to the committee. Consistent with Stone’s concerns, Credico was ultimately terminated from his popular radio show on the progressive radio station, once his name was leaked.
Although Stone consistently said that Credico never told him the source of the allegedly hacked emails released by Assange, Stone said Credico insisted that Wikileaks had “all” of Hillary’s emails including the emails deleted from her infamous, illegal server. This turned out to be wrong.
In his now infamous Broward Republican speech, Stone also predicted that the Wikileaks disclosures would be centered around the Clinton Foundation. Asked by Artvoice on what Stone based this prediction [which would turn out to be incorrect] Stone said, “Fox News Network journalist James Rosen had predicted the Clinton Foundation disclosures in a memo to Judge Andrew Napolitano who had forwarded the prediction to me.”
Propped up by anti-Trump journalists, such as Yahoo’s Mike Isikoff, David Corn of Mother Jones and MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Credico denied acting as the back channel or confirming source who assured Stone that Assange had and would release important Clinton-related emails.
Now in an interview with Artvoice, Credico said he was, as Roger Stone testified under oath, the “confirming source” who told Stone that Assange and WikiLeaks had a treasure trove of documents on Hillary Clinton that rocked her presidential campaign.
“I was a confirming source,” Credico told Artvoice, “but I wasn’t a back channel. I wasn’t coordinating with [Stone].”
[Stone argues that “back-channel” and “confirming source” are the same thing.]
Credico further told Artvoice, “I told Roger, ’You have to just follow Assange’s Tweets.”
Stone had reason to listen since Credico had a long association with one of Assange’s lawyers and would later host Assange on his radio show prior to the election.
Credico also admitted he was Stone’s source on this popular Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcgn76SD1PU&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
Stone told Artvoice, “It was Randy Credico who first brought to my attention in mid-July 2016, the public claim of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange – made a month earlier in June – that he had significant material on the Democrats and Hillary Clinton and would publish those documents. Up until this time, I had not been paying much attention to WikiLeaks and was not following the WikiLeaks or Assange feeds on Twitter.”
Credico said, “I confirmed [to Stone] that Julian Assange had said he had the material [in June, 2016.] I confirmed that those things were real…. it was a bit of a showmanship to say that I was a back channel.”
Stone admits that might be true.
“When I spoke of a back channel to WikiLeaks in a Tea Party rally in 2016, I was over-dramatizing the role of Credico a bit because it was a speech before a charged up partisan crowd- but dramatization is not inaccuracy” Stone told Artvoice.
Credico said Stone repeatedly asked him if he ever spoke to Assange. “It’s just like general conversation, but he assumed that I was a back channel,” Credico said. “… I had lots of communications with [Stone] And I’m sure at one point or another he’d say ‘what’s that WikiLeaks?’”
Stone however told Artvoice that Credico insisted through the balance of August, and all of September, that Assange would publish what he had in October. He did.
“… Assange doesn’t give up sources and doesn’t tell you his material until it’s ready to put out in the open and he puts it out,” Credico said. “That’s what he needs. Nobody knows. Even his closest reporters don’t know until the day he puts it out, then they put it out….
“I had no idea of any of the material that was coming out. [Assange] wouldn’t tell me, I’m a fuckin’, like, drunk, you know. He doesn’t know me. I’m a big mouth, loud mouth comic.”
Credico says he is certain Stone did not collude with the Russians or give Trump info from WikiLeaks. Stone has insisted he never received anything- including allegedly hacked emails from Wikileaks and Assange.
“He didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t do anything illegal by saying that he had a back channel. There’s nothing illegal to say that … He’s a showman”, Credico said. “He came out and said I confirmed, that I was a confirming source…. He wasn’t colluding. He didn’t have a back channel; there was no coordination, and he’s in the free. He’s legally good. He didn’t have any coordination….
“These guys [Mueller’s team] need someone like him to keep their f*cking bullshit story going,” Credico said. ”And then keep the fairytale going that there was collusion and that Assange was colluding with Roger Stone. At the end of the day, there’s no collusion with Russia.”