If enemies of Donald Trump poisoned Roger Stone, were they hoping to frame Vladimir Putin?
Perhaps no one poisoned Roger Stone. All we have to go on, so far, is his own word. But if no one in the mainstream media bothers to investigate and refute the story that unknown parties poisoned Roger Stone, then we need to ask why they are so disinterested.
The Daily Mail reports,
The longtime Trump supporter claimed to have been told by doctors that a mysterious and debilitating virus he was suddenly struck with in December was in fact polonium poisoning.
At the time, Stone had just been accused by the Obama administration of having prior knowledge Vladimir Putin was planning to meddle in the election.
He says the poisoning was an attempt to stop him from testifying at a Congressional Hearing where he claimed he could prove the accusation was a lie.
‘I believe I was poisoned to stop me from exposing the Russian Hacking LIE b4 the Congressional Investigation,’ Stone, 64, told his Twitter followers.
Appearing on fellow Trump loyalist Alex Jones’s Info Wars earlier, he said he was targeted by the ‘deep state’ who wanted to stop him from revealing the truth.
‘I became extremely ill. This manifested itself in over 14 days of high fever, delirium, night sweats, I had lesions on my chest and my face…
‘The general consensus is I was poisoned. I was poisoned with polonium or a substance that has the characteristics of polonium and this made me exceedingly ill,’ he said.
As a lobbyist, it would hurt Stone’s livelihood to make up such an easily refuted lie. He may sell a few more books in the short term by making up a story, but it would hurt him professionally in the long run.
Remember, Roger Stone has been accused of actually colluding with the Russians. Consider, for example, this Politico story, which said [emphasis added]:
“No substantiation, no confirmation, rife with misspellings,” longtime informal Trump adviser Roger Stone told POLITICO about the memo detailing the allegations. “This is a bad joke.”
“This is just a continuing meme. How long can we beat this horse before it becomes clear that there is a clear lack of any proof of any of these allegations?” Stone said. “And now they get more personal?”
Stone himself has been in the middle of the Russia controversy after predicting over the summer that John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, would face hard times in the fall.
“Trust me, it will soon the [sic] Podesta’s time in the barrel,” Stone tweeted in August. Stone had also said he had been in touch, through mutual acquaintances, with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In October, WikiLeaks released Podesta’s hacked emails, in a breach that American intelligence agencies believe was orchestrated by the Russian government.
“I was told, as I’ve said 100 times, from a mutual friend that Assange had politically damaging material. Unspecified political dynamite. I was not told that he had hacked John Podesta’s emails,” Stone said on Tuesday.
With this allegation in mind, polonium makes sense. Putin has been accused of using polonium as poison before. If someone had successfully poisoned Roger Stone, it could have been spun in the media as the Russians getting rid of a person who could testify about their involvement.