Conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi claimed on Tuesday that he merely guessed key details of how Wikileaks would release hacked emails in the run-up to the 2016 election.
“Now, why did I think they were coming out in October — because I said to myself, ‘if I had these emails, I’d use them as the October surprise,” Corsi said. “And why did I think they were gonna come out serially, drip by drip? Because Assange is very strategic, he understands the news cycle.”
Court papers that he provided to NBC showed an Aug. 2, 2016 email exchange with GOP operative Roger Stone regarding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
“Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps,” Corsi wrote in the message, which was included in a statement of the offense as part of the draft plea agreement. “One shortly after I’m back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging.”
The 72-year old — known for ginning up lies and transforming them into media narratives like the birther conspiracy theory — added that it was “speculation” that allowed him to predict Wikileaks’s slow release of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta’s account.
In another July 25 email — the same day that Wikileaks released the first emails from the DNC hack — Stone allegedly wrote to Corsi, “Get to (Assange) [a]t Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get the pending (WikiLeaks) emails.”
Corsi claims he later enlisted London-based conservative writer Ted Malloch in that effort.
CNN reported in a separate story that prosecutors were planning to accuse Corsi of three separate lies to the FBI: one about claiming to have rebuffed Stone, another about denying that Stone asked him to enlist another associate in the effort to contact Wikileaks, and a third in which he apparently claimed that he had not shared information about the nature of the emails that Wikileaks had obtained.
Corsi said in a TV interview that while prosecutors were dumbfounded at his testimony, he had related much of the details about the future he claimed to have predicted to Stone in a series of “phone conversations.”
Corsi also claimed that he testified that Stone had tried to enlist Wikileaks’ help to deflect attention from the Access Hollywood scandal.
Stone told TPM in a typically bombastic email that his infamous tweet that “it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel” referred to Podesta business deals, and that claims that he had a role in trying to distract from the Access Hollywood tape via Wikileaks is “pure unmitigated unadulterated bullshit.”
“It is allegedly based on Coursey [sic] his memory of a phone call. There is no email or text record that would indicate that this is even remotely true. How much did Jerry have to drink or how hard did the prosecutors have to squeeze him to make this nonsense up?” Stone wrote.