Sunday, January 27, 2019

Truly Insane Commentary On The Roger Stone Indictment

Washington Post columnist Harry Litman has put out one of the most truly bizarre light-bending breakdowns of the Roger Stone arrest and indictment. I'm talking real other world stuff.

I know it is very early in the year but I have no qualms giving Litman this year's Stalin Show Trial Award-Columnist Edition.


He writes:
In general, the new indictment pairs Stone’s alleged activities in this country during the 2016 campaign with the conspiracy charges Mueller brought in July against a dozen Russian military intelligence officers and a Russian organization now accused of hacking the Hillary Clinton campaign’s computer networks and coordinating the release of the hacked emails to influence the election in Trump’s favor.
There is nothing, NOTHING, that pairs Stone with Russian hacking activities--if there was any hacking in the first place.
The Stone indictment suggests a clear link between Stone and the actions of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who once more stands revealed as a scurrilous and strange political operative rather than the crusading journalist some imagine.
There is no, zero, "clear link" between Stone and "the actions of WikiLeaks." Like the aggressive political operative he is, Stone was trying to hustle up information about what WikiLeaks had.

It appears that Stone was able to only gain third-hand information via Randy Credico, who in turn was getting information from a female lawyer who was doing work for Assange. It is quite clear that the attorney was not aware that Credico was providing the information to Stone. There were two degrees of separation between Stone and Assange. Further, Assange was getting incoming information, not directing any Assange actions.

Then this:
 The indictment alleges conduct on Stone’s part that essentially suggests a role in the hacking conspiracy. One of the several tangible examples from indictment: Far from being a passive recipient of the hacked emails, Stone sent a message through radio personality Randy Credico to Assange asking for damaging emails relating to Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
This is absurd. There is nothing in the indictment that suggests a Stone "role in the hacking conspiracy." And, again, this is assuming there actually was a Russian hack.

The paper informs:
The writer teaches constitutional law at the University of California at San Diego and practices law at the firm Constantine Cannon.


  1. I think the real evidence for conspiracy is on the part of the FBI. There is actual proof that two of the investigators were out to get Trump from their texts. Russians have always meddled in our affairs and we have always meddled in theirs (ie Trump sending arms to Ukraine) but the real concern should be the institutions at home like the FBI. They have always been more of a threat to people of their own country than anyone else. Deaths by the millions has always been done internally, not by foreign adversaries.

  2. Dick:
    The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

    Nay, that I mean to do.

    Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

    Will had the right idea.