I recently discussed Stone’s recent posting on Instagram where he warned against anyone “taking him seriously” (in reference to his former protege Sam Nunberg) obviously could apply with equal, if not greater, force to Stone. A long-time associate of President Donald Trump, Stone appears perfectly unhinged at times. Stone appears to relish notoriety to the point that he maintains a notorious persona. That was evident this weekend where Stone first told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that his earlier claims of having prior work of WikiLeaks disclosures were untrue and then, with another reporter, seemed to contradict the contradiction in saying that he did have prior disclosure. I wrote a recently column on why Stone makes for a dubious basis for criminal allegations despite the recent press coverage.
Stone told CNN “I had no advanced notice of the content source or exact timing of the WikiLeaks disclosures including the allegedly hacked emails. I never received anything whatsoever from WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, anyone associated with them, or anyone else, including allegedly hacked emails, and passed them onto Donald Trump.”
That, of course, is different from his claim in August 2016 when he claimed to have had dinner with Julian Assange. It is also in conflict with his comments on the October 2, 2016, episode of InfoWars’ radio show that WikiLeaks was about to release damaging information on Hillary Clinton. In the show, he claimed that “an intermediary met with him (Assange) in London recently — who is a friend of mine and a friend of his, a believer in freedom. I am assured that the motherlode is coming Wednesday. It wouldn’t be an October surprise if I told you what it was, but I have reason to believe that it is devastating because people with political judgment who are aware of the subject matter tell me this. So right now, you see a terrible scrambling by the Clintonites to attempt to discredit Assange, to try to soften the blow.”
They were not released on October 5th but two days later.
Stone denied the earlier claims of advance knowledge with Cooper.
Then on Saturday he told CNN that he got the release date wrong because, “My source changed his prediction.” Huh? Now he is back to claiming to have had a source and advanced knowledge.
For a guy being pursued by a Special Counsel, Stone is showing no greater ability of self-control or the avoidance of self-contradiction. This is why I wrote recently that Roger Stone is the Martha Mitchell of the Trump controversies.