Steve Bannon Is High-Ranking Trump Campaign Official In Stone Indictment

on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 22: Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, attends a debate with Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, at Zofin Palace on May 22... PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 22: Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, attends a debate with Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The debate, moderated by former Czech ambassador to the U.S. Alexandr Vondra, was over the current course of America and was sponsored by Czechoslovak Group, a holding company of Czech and Slovak defense industry companies. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Former Trump campaign chairman Stephen K. Bannon appears in the indictment of GOP operative Roger Stone as a key campaign official with whom Stone communicated in the days before Wikileaks began releasing the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

An unnamed “high-ranking Trump Campaign official” emailed Stone in early October 2016, days before Wikileaks began to publish the emails, “asking about the status of future releases,” the indictment alleges.

Stone replied that Assange had a “[s]erious security concern” but that Wikileaks would release “a load every week going forward.”

A person familiar with the matter confirmed to TPM that the indictment is referring to Bannon.

The messages also correspond to a November 2018 New York Times article that first published the exchange.

Bannon joined the Trump campaign as chairman in August 2016, after the departure of the now-convicted Paul Manafort.

Wikileaks began publishing the emails, stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account, on Oct. 7.

“Shortly after Organization 1’s release, an associate of the high-ranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to STONE that read ‘well done,'” prosecutors allege. “In subsequent conversations with senior Trump Campaign officials, STONE claimed credit for having correctly predicted the October 7, 2016 release.”

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