The Atlantic reports:
On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump.
In his interview with the House Intelligence Committee last September, Stone, who testified under oath, told lawmakers that he had communicated with WikiLeaks via an “intermediary,” whom he identified only as a “journalist.” He declined to reveal that person’s identity to the committee, he told reporters later.
Private Twitter messages obtained by The Atlantic show that Stone and WikiLeaks, a radical-transparency group, communicated directly on October 13, 2016—and that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won the election.
The existence of the secret correspondence marks yet another strange twist in the White House’s rapidly swelling Russia scandal. Stone and Trump have been friends for decades, which raises key questions about what the president knew about Stone’s interactions with Wikileaks during the campaign. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
NEW: Roger Stone and WikiLeaks exchanged private Twitter messages during the election. They show, among other things, that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won. My latest: https://t.co/bEHbCi3n26
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 27, 2018
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) February 27, 2018
Wikileaks claimed that they were not directly in touch with close Trump advisor Roger Stone. Wikileaks was lying, raising even more questions about its role in the Russian assault on the 2016 election. https://t.co/NdkOSq8aeR
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) February 27, 2018
The Atlantic has Twitter DMs between Trump confidante Roger Stone and Wikileaks during the campaign https://t.co/KP8CALwkvb
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 27, 2018
Both Roger Stone & WikiLeaks claimed that they had never directly communicated. But @NatashaBertrand obtained DMs that contradict these earlier claims: https://t.co/V0w6XJfVxW pic.twitter.com/vjob4lJAIh
— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) February 27, 2018
Russia –> WikiLeaks –> Roger Stone –> Trump Campaign
Nothing to see here. https://t.co/VfATJhdz1o
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) February 27, 2018