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Roger Stone frenemy Randy Credico cuts up — in criminal trial

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"Would you like to hear some of them?" he volunteered, to laughter in the courtroom. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson declined.

Zelinsky zeroed in on a name on the list in all caps, BRANDO GODFATHER, an impression Credico clearly relished. Credico explained that actors' voices change over time, making the aging Marlon Brando's voice in "The Godfather" distinct from his younger self in "On the Waterfront."

Credico said he was tempted to do the "Godfather" Brando. The judge managed to resist.

"We know you're a comedian, but this is serious," Jackson observed.

Not long after Credico sent Stone the lighthearted catalog-of-voices email, their relationship grew darker.

Credico had had another notorious radio guest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who called in for his interview in August 2016 on Credico's cellphone from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he'd sought asylum.

In the late stages of the campaign, WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of documents stolen from Democratic Party computers -- by Russian military intelligence agents, the U.S. concluded -- to tilt the election to Trump from Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Stone had claimed he had inside information from an intermediary on what was coming from WikiLeaks. Prosecutors allege he shared that information with senior Trump campaign officials. They also allege that one of Stone's sources of information was the conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.

Earlier Thursday, jurors heard from former FBI case agent Michelle Taylor. Through her testimony, prosecutors presented dozens of email and text messages between Stone and Credico, sent as Credico began to believe Stone was implicating him, not Corsi, as the WikiLeaks conduit. Stone was called to testify before the House committee and later did just that, fingering Credico for the panel as his go-between.

 

Credico testified Thursday that he'd had no contact with Assange prior to the WikiLeaks founder's August 2016 appearance on his radio show, a booking coup he admittedly lorded over Stone (and that he pulled off through his close friend Margaret Kunstler, a lawyer for Assange). "It was kind of bragging," he said. "I was trying to one-up him."

But Credico denied having any knowledge of what WikiLeaks would publish from its trove of stolen documents.

"Julian Assange is not going to tell me about future releases," he said.

That didn't stop Credico from delivering a letter to Assange in London on behalf of the radio station in September 2016, asking if he wanted to do a weekly radio show for WBAI live from the embassy. The missive was received, Credico said, by a hand reaching out from the embassy door like the disembodied Thing from the old "Addams Family" TV show.

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