On Saturday afternoon, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence told MSNBC anchor Alex Witt that if Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is extradited to the United States, Donald Trump and his son Don Jr. should be shivering in their boots.
Assange, according to Frank Figliuzzi, could give material linking the two Trumps, as well as former Trump adviser Roger Stone, to the Russians and alleged involvement with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
On December 10th, it was reported that government attorneys “won an appeal against a London court order that had prevented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom.”
Assange is sought to face trial for the publication of classified military papers linked to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by WikiLeaks in 2010.
Successful extradition and conversations with Assange, according to Figliuzzi, could center on Trump and his oldest son.
“There’s at least three people who should be very concerned about the possibility of Assange being extradited to the United States, ” the ex-FBI man explained. “First, former president Trump. secondly, Don Trump Jr., and also Roger Stone, and here’s why. Assange possesses the capability, the knowledge to help close the gap between all of that [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller investigation talk of collusion with Russia and the 2016 campaign, and the gap between that and criminal chargeable conspiracy with Russia.”
“So here’s the deal, if you recall Assange’s Wikileaks actually reached out to Guccifer 2.0 known to be a Russian intelligence GRU entity and said give that to me, Wikileaks, that hacked material that, by the way, Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking. Give that to me, I’ll disseminate it and help the Trump campaign. He knows also who he was in direct contact with during the campaign.”
“We know from the investigation that Don Jr. was in contact with Wikileaks for months during the campaign, even received tasking and acted on it from Wikileaks,” he continued. “We also know from the investigation that Rick Gates, an aide to Trump, on a trip to La Guardia airport with Trump, Trump took a call he says from Roger Stone, hung up the phone and told Gates there’s going to be more dirt coming from Wikileaks soon.”
“If Assange can close that gap: here’s who I talked to in the campaign, here’s what they told me Trump knew, here’s how I talked with Russia on behalf of the campaign, it also means that Trump would have lied to Mueller when asked about this issue numerous times,” he added.
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