Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on Tuesday accused longtime Donald Trump aide Roger Stone of receiving "advance warning" about WikiLeaks' plans to publish thousands of hacked emails and suggested that the Republican candidate is aiding the unprecedented Russian interference in American politics. Podesta pointed the finger at Stone, who he said has been in touch with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Podesta also raised as evidence an August tweet in which Stone said Podesta's "time in the barrel" was coming. The tweet was sent shortly after WikiLeaks published scores of hacked emails from other Democratic officials.
I think it's a reasonable assumption, or at least a reasonable conclusion, that Mr. Stone and the Trump campaign had advance warning about what Assange was going to do.John Podesta
Podesta confirmed that the FBI is investigating the hack of his private email account as part of the ongoing probe in other Democratic Party hackings by groups with Russian ties. Last week, intelligence officials said that they believe the individuals responsible are working for Russian intelligence and coordinating with Assange on the political hacking. Podesta said Russia's actions may be driven by Trump's policy positions, which he said are more in line with Russian foreign policy than U.S. foreign policy. But he also suggested that the driving force could be "Mr. Trump's deep engagement and ties with Russian interests in his business affairs." The Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, dismissed the accusations as untrue.