IMHO the most important fact revealed in document is the fact that the Trump campaign knew as of 26 April 2016, months before the first WikiLeaks DNC email dumps, that the Russian government claimed to have "thousands of emails" that contained "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
Case Document 19 Filed 10/05/17 Page 2 of 14WikiLeaks didn't make the first DNC email dump until 22 July 2016 on the eve of the Democratic Convention. As I pointed out in Timing is everything - Why were WikiLeaks DNC emails released now?, published 31 July 2016, these emails appear to have been hacked around 25 May but withheld from publication while they could have helped Bernie Sanders in his primary struggle against Hillary Clinton. They were released only when they could help Donald Trump in his struggle against Clinton. They were released after Clinton had already snagged the nomination, but just in time to disrupted the Democratic Convention.
a. Defendant PAPADOPOULOS claimed that his interactions with an overseas professor, who defendant PAPADOPOULOS understood to have substantial connections to Russian government officials, occurred before defendant PAPADOPOULOS became a foreign policy adviser to the Campaign. Defendant PAPADOPOULOS acknowledged that the professor had told him about the Russians possessing "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails," but stated multiple times that he learned that information prior to joining the Campaign. In truth and in fact, however, defendant PAPADOPOULOS learned he would be an advisor to the Campaign in early March, and met the professor on or about March 14, 2016; the professor only took interest in defendant PAPADOPOULOS because of his status with the Campaign; and the professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS about the "thousands of emails" on or about April 26, 2016, when defendant PAPADOPOULOS had been a foreign policy adviser to the Campaign for over a month.
b. Defendant PAPADOPOULOS further told the investigating agents that the professor was "a nothing" and "just a guy talk[ing] up connections or something." In truth and in fact, however, defendant PAPADOPOULOS understood that the professor had substantial connections to Russian government officials (and had met with some of those officials in Moscow immediately prior to telling defendant PAPADOPOULOS about the "thousands of emails") and, over a period of months, defendant PAPADOPOULOS repeatedly sought to use the professor's Russian connections in an effort to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian government officials.
The Russians didn't really need to use WikiLeaks to release the emails they had hacked. They could have published them through RT America, Sputnik, or any number of compliant "anti-imperialist" Left outlets. Donald Trump needed WikiLeaks. He couldn't say "I just got this great load of chickenfeed from the boys in the Kremlin." He needed WikiLeaks as a cutout. WikiLeaks as a source is something he could just barely sell to his base, but given the facts revealed in the Papadopoulos Stipulation, there can now be no question that Donald Trump knew the true source of these emails were the Russian hacks when he sent the following tweets.
Trump had a quick line up pattern. He was tweeting about the Wikileaks dumps on the day after they started:
Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016
The Wikileaks e-mail release today was so bad to Sanders that it will make it impossible for him to support her, unless he is a fraud!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016
In order to try and deflect the horror and stupidity of the Wikileakes disaster, the Dems said maybe it is Russia dealing with Trump. Crazy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016
I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
WikiLeaks proves even the Clinton campaign knew Crooked mishandled classified info, but no one gets charged? RIGGED! https://t.co/FgGxDsS0a1— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016
WikiLeaks reveals Clinton camp’s work with ‘VERY friendly and malleable reporters’ #DrainTheSwamp #CrookedHillaryhttps://t.co/bcYLslrxi0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2016
WikiLeaks: 'Clinton-Kaine Even Lied About Timing of Veep Pick'https://t.co/e1NVdpSfNr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2016
'WikiLeaks Drip-Drop Releases Prove One Thing: There's No Nov. 8 Deadline on Clinton's Dishonesty and Scandals'https://t.co/MfRy3Nvd4F— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2016
WikiLeaks emails reveal Podesta urging Clinton camp to 'dump' emails.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2016
Time to #DrainTheSwamp!https://t.co/P3ajiACiXK
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
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