I must address reports in today’s Washington Post in which my friend Sam Nunberg is identified as one one of two sources who allegedly claim I told them I met Julian Assange in 2016.
Sam Nunberg’s statements do not create evidence. There is no evidence that I participated in or have any knowledge of any collusion with the Russians to effect the 2016 elections. I had no advance notice of the content, source or timing of the Wikileaks publication of any material.
Nor did I receive any allegedly hacked material from any source and pass them on to Donald Trump or the Trump campaign. Nor did i know in advance that Wikileaks had obtained John Podesta’s emails and would publish them nor did I predict that his e-mail would be published.
No communication from me to Sam Nunberg or anyone else will prove otherwise- in fact documents I submitted to the House Intelligence Committee prove that I did not collaborate with Wikileaks and that my testimony there was truthful.
Allegations that I met with Julian Assange in London in 2016 , allegation apparently repeated by Sam Nunberg and apparently a second unidentified person are provably false.
My passport shows I never left the Country in 2015 or 2016 and surveillance camera’s for a guy in a virtual gulag at the Ecuadorian Embassy show he never left there and I never arrived there.
Now you have to understand when you worked with Sam would call and text you over and over. As Sam would call and text you 30 time a day. Sam said in a interview that he spoke to Steve Bannon 30 times a day.One major reporter said he called her eight times late one night.
Nunberg told CNN “They want me to testify against Roger,” Nunberg said. “They want me to say that Roger was going around telling people he was colluding with Julian Assange.” We can clear this up right now.
Late one Friday night when I was trying to get Sam off the phone. Sam asked if I had plans for the weekend- and I said “ I thought I would fly to London to have dinner with Julian Assange “- a joke and hung up. It was jocular and of course provably false via passport record and security video. It was a throw away line. I was amused when Sam took it seriously. I now realize Sam told several people- including two reporters that I had actually met Assange.
Sam called me to warn me that Mueller was out to get me three times after his initial interview with OSC then told me I must admit I told 58 people that I had gone to London…which of course is not true- I told ONE person….who was too intense to figure out it was a joke. Just the same I bare Sam no ill will as he struggles with his demons.
Now as to the second person baring false witness against me I am asked to answer a faceless charge and an e-mail I have not seen allegedly making claims I don’t recall. I had no advance notice of the alleged hacking of the DNC emails or John Podesta’s emails.
Sam is a talented researcher and writer and a relentless gossip and yenta. In this case he has done me a disservice.
The claim that I got documents or allegedly hacked email from Wikileaks – or anyone else it and gave them to Donald Trump or anyone in the Trump Camp is as false as the certainty that they were hacked by Russians or anyone else.
These are lies created by Democrats and some in the media that will be dispelled by the investigation.
My testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was 100 % truthful and documents I submitted to them show I did not collaborate with Wikileaks.
As far as the so-called “Back Channel – I addressed it here- the claim by Mother Jones that Randy Credico’s confirmation that Wikileaks would publish non-specific Clinton material predates his meeting and first interview with Assange is irrelevant – Credico was well aquainted with members of Assange’s legal team.
While we’re at it let’s dispense with Guccifer 2.0 since Chuck Todd revived this chestnut late week. My exchange with someone claiming to be a hacker has been fully released publicly. It is innocuous, banal and based on the timing, content and context certainly doesn’t constitute collusion.
No collusion. No hacked email. No discussion of the allegedly hacked email with Donald Trump before, during or after the campaign.
The only reason any of this would matter is if Assange is a Russian asset. I reject this claim by our politicized and discredited Intelligence services. Nonetheless, because I received no allegedly hacked emails – or anything else – from Wikileaks and passed nothing on to Donald Trump it’s immaterial.
If the drooling talking heads at MSNBC or the elitist snots at the Daily Beast think they have a smoking gun they are wrong.