By Jason Patterson | USA
Investigators have been honing in on a New York City-based comedian, radio host and renowned civil rights activist named Randy Credico.
Committee ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Rep. Michael Conaway, the Republican leading the investigation, sent the letter to Credico. They asked that he would attend and do a voluntary, transcribed interview at the Committee’s offices” during the first two weeks of December.
Credico told House committee that he would not attend and he would not submit to the voluntary interview. Shortly after that, the committee planned to issue a subpoena.
Credico has spent his life as a comedy professional while waging a tireless crusade against the war on drugs. Making it doubtful he had anything to do with the Russiagate investigation. One of the main reasons he is included in this investigation is one of his friends and someone he interviewed is the transparency activist targeted for arrest and prosecution by the US government: Julian Assange.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo blamed the Wikileaks founder for overseeing “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia and trying to influence the election in Trump’s favor.”
During Trump’s first year in office, his administration expanded the federal grand jury seeking the arrest of Assange to cover the Wikileaks release of thousands of documents on CIA hacking tools. There is no claim so far that grand jury covered the release by Wikileaks of the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016, however. A United Nations working group ruled that Assange was being arbitrarily detained. It has been seven years since he lost his freedom and has been confined to a series of small rooms ever since according to event pages.
Credico stated that he and Assange held “three meetings that were two to three hours each” at the Ecuadoran embassy in London where the online activist has received diplomatic asylum. They took place on September 6, and the 13th and 16th of November of this year. And that he traveled to London this November to attend the hearing of Stefania Maurizi, a correspondent from Italy’s La Repubblica who had filed a Freedom of Information request demanding the press’s right to access documents regarding his case
In another interview he said that he was just there to support “[Assange] as a wingman,” Credico stated. He also later remarked that “I don’t agree with him on everything — it’s the fact that he’s a journalist and a publisher and has not put anything out that’s false. I don’t know anything about technology and he didn’t give me any secrets.”
The letter he got from the House Intelligence Committee did not specify what it suspected him of doing, or if they thought he was guilty. Credit is suspicious that he is being used to undermine Assange. “This is about chilling Wikileaks and that starts with intimidating anyone who has met with Julian [Assange],” he stated.
Credico is known for his hatred and conspiracy theories about the Clinton family but has publicly supported Trump in any way.
In August 2015, he hosted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for an interview on his show “Live on the Fly, his former show took place at the Pacifica radio affiliate, WBAI. Several interviews followed over the coming months, including a series, “Assange: Countdown to Freedom,” that featured high-profile whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Raddack advocating for Assange’s release.
He later said it was to build an audience. His exact words were “I had a popular international show because it was tweeted out by Wikileaks and Anonymous Scandinavia and I got a huge international following.”
The working relationship turned into a series of meetings at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. These meetings caused online rumors accusing Credico of serving as a courier between the notoriously Machiavellian former Trump campaign advisor, Roger Stone, and Assange.
In September, Stone testified before the House Intelligence Committee, which was due to the claim that he had communicated with the hacker widely known as Guccifer 2.0, his contacts with Wikileaks, and a tweet that seemed to suggest he had known about it before the release of the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. Before the committee, Stone loudly denied having colluded with the Russian government and stated that all of his contacts with Assange were conducted through “an intermediary.”
Credico openly admitted that Stone had been a guest on his WBAI show and the two had cooperated on a few controversial political initiatives over the years. But he contended that “Roger Stone is just a whipping post for the committee but the one they’re after is Assange because they want to quiet him.”
His final remarks were “I’m a journalist with a radio show and there’s nothing [the committee] can elicit out of me because I’m covered by the First Amendment. And everything I’ve talked to Assange about has been on the show, and everything else is in my fucking notes. Would any journalist give them their notes?”