THE WALL STREET JOURNALRoger Stone admits to spreading lies on InfoWars, agrees to apologize publiclyBy Cezary Podkul and Shelby Holliday 14
Ex-Trump adviser settles $100 million defamation suitBloomberg NewsSeparately, Roger Stone has said he will never testify against President Donald Trump.
As questions swirl about his credibility, former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone settled a defamation suit seeking $100 million in damages on Monday for publishing false and misleading statements on InfoWars.com, a far-right website known for promoting conspiracy theories.
The agreement requires Stone to run ads in national newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, apologizing for making defamatory statements about a Chinese businessman who is a vocal critic of Beijing. It also requires Stone to publish a retraction of the false statements on social media. Doing so exempts him from paying any of the damages.
In a text message, Stone described his conduct as ‥irresponsible〃 and added that ‥I am solely responsible for fulfilling the terms of the settlement.〃
Unrelated to the Russia probe, the settlement is the latest indication that Stoneˇs use of various media platforms to spread unfounded claims isnˇt without consequences. Special counsel Robert Muellerˇs office is investigating Stoneˇs role in orchestrating stories about key events being examined in the Russia probe, the Journal has reported.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone ADMITS 'irresponsibly' spreading fake news on far-right InfoWars website after he was sued for $100m by Chinese businessman he accused of illegally donating to Hillary Clinton's campaignRoger Stone wrongly accused exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui of making illegal political donations to Hillary ClintonGuo sued for $100million in March and the pair have now settled the caseStone has avoided paying damages by offering to apologise in a statement
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has admitted spreading lies on the far-right InfoWars website.
He wrongly accused exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui of making illegal political donations to Hillary Clinton. Guo sued for $100million in March.
Stone has now settled the case but avoided damages by offering to apologise in a statement on InfoWars, Facebook, Instagram and on his personal site, StoneZone.com.+2
Roger Stone speaks at the American Priority Conference in Washington Thursday
Stone must also publish his apology as an advertisment in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, reported The Wall Street Journal.
He said he got the false information from Trump campaign advisor Sam Nunberg, whose source was Chinese-American media tycoon Bruno Wu.
Stone said he 'improperly' relied on the information and did not do his own research.RELATED ARTICLESPrevious1NextGiuliani suggests conversations about Trump Tower Moscow...'Over my dead body' Giuliani rules out special counsel...SHARE THIS ARTICLEShare
Stone said in a statement: 'Recognizing my errors, I reached out to Mr Guo and asked him to settle his defamation suit against me. Mr Guo graciously agreed to accept my regrets and apology.'
He still is of interest to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election due to suspected links with WikiLeaks, the site which published Clinton's hacked emails.+2
Stone wrongly accused exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui (pictured) of making illegal political donations to Hillary Clinton. Guo sued for $100million in March
Roger Stone Apologizes for Spreading False Claims About Chinese Businessman on InfoWarsAlex Wong/Getty
Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone settled a $100 million defamation suit with Chinese businessman Guo Wengui on Monday and admitted to making defamatory statements about Guo on InfoWars, the Wall Street Journal reports. The agreement reportedly requires Stone to take out ads in newspapers apologizing to Guo about his false assertions and issue retractions on social media. Stone told the Journal his previous actions were ‥irresponsible〃 and he was ‥solely responsible for fulfilling the terms of the settlement.〃 Guo, a critic of the Chinese government, filed a lawsuit in Florida federal court after Stone accused him of being a ‥turncoat criminal who is convicted of crimes here and in China.〃 Stone also allegedly claimed Guo broke election laws by donating to Hillary Clintonˇs campaign on InfoWars. Guo told the Journal Stone was paid to make the false statements by Chinese-American media tycoon Bruno Wuwho Guo had called a ‥Chinese spy〃 in the past. Stoneˇs settlement states he got the information about Guo from Wu through ex-Trump campaign staffer Sam Nunberg.
Roger Stone, Longtime Trump Confidant, Confesses To Spreading Lies On ˉInfoWarsˇ & Will Apologize ImmediatelyALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGESNEWS
Roger Stone, the longtime Trump confidant and Republican lobbyist who is very much the focus of Robert Muellerˇs probe into whether or not Trump colluded with Russia, has admitted to spreading lies on InfoWars and has agreed to apologize immediately for the same, according to the Washington Post.
Stone has been struck with a $100 million defamation suit by Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, who is a vocal critic of Beijing. As part of the settlement, Stone, who admitted to spreading lies on the far-right website InfoWars, has also agreed to run apologies in national newspapers including The Wall Street Journal. He will only be made exempt from paying the damages if he also publishes a retraction of the false statements on social media, which he has agreed to do as well.
Although the matter on which Stone lied about is different from what he is under investigation for that of him being a mediator between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks him admitting that he went to the far-right website InfoWars to peddle lies will probably go some way in diminishing his credibility even among Trump supporters. The revelations show that Stone lied repeatedly without worrying about the repercussions and did so with full knowledge that what he was saying and publishing was indeed false. It will now likely tarnish his reputation as a big-time Republican lobbyist among lawmakers working on Capitol Hill.
And if Alex Jones and his conspiracy-theory-promoting website InfoWarswas not in enough trouble already with major social media platforms all banning him earlier this year, this would be another blow for the kind of ‥journalism〃 Jones and his coterie espouse.
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According to the defamation suit, Stone made statements claiming that Chinese businessman Guo Wengui was a ‥turncoat criminal who is convicted of crimes here and in China,〃 a statement which is patently false. Stone went on to claim that Wengui was a Hillary Clinton supporter who had donated to her campaign on InfoWars, which is also not true. In fact, it appears that the Chinese-American media tycoon Bruno Wu paid Stone to make statements against Wengui, implying that Stone can be manipulated to speak for anyone as long as his coffers are filled.
Also, while the news of Roger Stone admitting to spreading lies so blatantly wonˇt concern special counsel Robert Mueller directly, it will give him enough reason not to trust Stoneˇs statements regarding his involvement in helping WikiLeaks publish the DNC hacked emails. Stoneˇs confessions might also trouble Trump who is known to be a keen admirer of his antics.
Ex-Trump adviser Stone admits to InfoWars lies, settles suitDec 18, 2018 Updated 9 min ago 1 min to read
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has settled a $100 million lawsuit accusing him of publishing lies on the far-right InfoWars website.
The Wall Street Journal reports exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui sued Stone in March, saying Stone accused him of being a "turncoat criminal" who violated U.S. election law. Stone now says his conduct was "irresponsible."
Guo has criticized high-level corruption in China and applied for asylum in the U.S.
The settlement reached Monday identifies Chinese-American media tycoon Bruno Wu and a former Trump staffer as the sources of false information.
The settlement allows Stone to avoid paying any damages if he publishes national newspaper ads apologizing for the statements and retracts the statements online. He still is of interest to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.