Longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone claimed on Monday that he was in touch with the founder of Wikileaks about documents the organization plans to release to derail Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
During a Monday speech to the Southwest Broward Republican Organization, Stone was asked for his “forecast” on what the “October surprise” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had promised to reveal about Clinton may be.
“Well, it could be any number of things,” Stone said, according to video of his remarks obtained by Media Matters. “I actually have communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be.”
These remarks fly in the face of Stone and other Trump allies’ repeated claims that the general election results may be “rigged” in Clinton’s favor.
In July, Wikileaks published a trove of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee’s servers that showed senior party officials mocking Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign. Coming just days before the party’s convention, the emails embarrassed the DNC and led to the ouster of former chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
Wikileaks said that release was the first part of the group’s new “Hillary Leaks series,” and Assange told CNN at the time that his group might release “a lot more material” relevant to the 2016 race as the election draws nearer.
Since late July, Stone has pushed the claim that a Clinton victory could only result from a “rigged” election system that favored her campaign.
“If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government,” Stone said in a podcast with Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos, despite the overwhelming evidence that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in the United States.
Stone’s tenure as an official consultant to the Trump campaign ended in Aug. 2015, but he remains a prominent surrogate, frequently speaking out on the Republican nominee’s behalf.