On August 21st, a month and a half before Wikileaks released the first set of emails from John Podesta, Roger Stone tweeted, “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.” That, as well as other revelations from Stone about their activities, led a lot of people to wonder who was playing the role of intermediary between he and Julian Assange, who runs an organization that increasingly looks to be operating as a Russian front.
We now have an answer to that question. It was a comedian and radio host named Randy Credico. One of the things I find most interesting about this story is that Credico claims that he was a Jill Stein supporter during the election. Stein has her own issues to answer for when it comes to the Russia investigation, but at least during the primaries, Credico was very public about his support for Bernie Sanders.
He organized a comedy and music marathon ahead of the New York primary that was advertised on the Sanders web site and posted several videos on Youtube like this one:
As you can see from that video, Credico expressed a lot of disgust for Hillary Clinton, going after her on similar charges at the Huffington Post. But here’s the kicker: just after Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination in May, Roger Stone said that Credico was going to start a “Sanders Supporters for Trump” group. That would have been a full month before Clinton secured the Democratic nomination.
It could be that Credico was like other extremist liberals who continue to support Wikileaks and are simply consumed with a rabid hatred of anyone named Clinton. But it is also worth keeping in mind something that was reported in the Steele dossier.
Unlike with Jill Stein, I see nothing that suggests that Bernie Sanders or anyone in his campaign knew about, much less condoned any of this. But it remains an open question whether Credico was simply one of those activists that the Russians hoped to target, or if his association with the likes of Roger Stone and Julian Assange—combined with what Steele uncovered—suggests a lot more than that.