There was a lot of excitement earlier this month when Roger Stone was finally indicted. You’ve likely read enough about the indictment and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s careful ambiguities.
No, what WC wants to point out is the Roger Stone is an arrogant idiot. No, WC isn’t referring to the tattoo of Richard Nixon Stone has on his back, although that’s idiotic enough. It’s Stone’s pathetic grasp of technology. As WC’s grandmother would say, clever enough to tie his own shoelaces together.
The evidence listed against Stone in the indictment includes emails, text messages, and other communications that absolutely contradict Stone’s sworn testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) that all Stone’s communications were by phone and were with only one individual. That same evidence also shows Stone attempting to cajole and intimidate his source, Randy Credico, by threatening to take away his therapy dog and have his lawyers “rip you to shreds.” At one point, Stone even texted Credico, “Prepare to die [expletive].”
Stone thought he could get away with lying because those threats and intimidation were made using WhatsApp, an application that encrypts communications. Stone used WhatApp as a “secure” phone line and for messaging, thinking it would protect his communications from the eyes of investigators. Stone forgot or didn’t understand that the people he was talking to could just show the messages to Mueller’s team and a grand jury. Stone also left an email trail of his alleged misdeeds a mile wide that a rookie cop could follow.
According to the indictment, Stone messaged Credico on November 19, 2017, “‘Stonewall it. Plead the fifth. Anything to save the plan’. . . Richard Nixon.” Credico declined HPSCI’s request for a voluntary interview the next day.
On November 21, Credico texted Stone, “I was told that the house committee lawyer told my lawyer that I will be getting a subpoena.” Stone responded, “That was the point at which your lawyers should have told them you would assert your 5th Amendment rights if compelled to appear.” On multiple occasions, Stone told Credico he should do like Frank Pentangeli, the character in Godfather II who became conveniently forgetful before a congressional committee.1
After further messages from Stone pressing Credico to assert the Fifth Amendment before the House committee, Credico’s lawyers informed the HPSCI that Credico would do just that.
Still, Stone continued to squeeze Credico to not cooperate with the Mueller probe.
On April 9, 2018, Stone told Credico in an open, unencrypted email, “You are a rat. A stoolie. You backstab your friends-run your mouth my lawyers are dying [to] Rip you to shreds.”
Stone next wrote that he would “take that dog away from you,” a reference to Credico’s therapy dog, Bianca. Later that same day, the Stone sent a message to Credico: “I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die [expletive].”
All of those emails, tests and WhatApp messages were given to Mueller and the grand jury. When Credico was called in to testify before the grand jury in September of 2018, he authenticated – testified the messages were genuine – and gave Mueller the whole story. Stone would be indicted a few months later. Likely Mueller had the emails already. Emails leave copies at all the stops along their sometimes complex internet path.
Credico wasn’t the only one who channeled information between Julian Assange at Wikileaks and Stone. Jerome Corsi did as well. He was interviewed by the Special Counsel Investigation team in September 2018. He is “Person 1” in the indictment. Corsi handed over his cell phone and emails to investigators.
Stone may bluster his way through a trial or cop a plea. But what kind of silly would-be secret agent thinks WhatsApp is secure? Or, Michael Corleone-style, threatens a man’s therapy dog? Only an arrogant ijit. Like Roger Stone.
- Of course, if Credico understood the reference, he would also have understood what happened to Pentangeli. ↩