Roger Stone, a veteran political operative and former adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, claims that he was poisoned with deadly polonium in much the same way that a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexander Litvinenko, was purportedly killed in 2006,  Stone said that his enemies in the “deep state” want to prevent him from giving testimony before Congress because of fears that he may give the lie to claims of a Russian hack of the recent presidential election.
 
Stone said that his political enemies attempted to eliminate him because they believe he can disprove allegations that he had advance knowledge of Russian plans to meddle in the 2016 general election. He was referring to allegations made by top Clinton campaign officials that he and other Trump allies had prior knowledge of the cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, and Clinton’s campaign organization. The hacks were supposedly orchestrated to give Trump the victory in November. This theory has been repeated by various Democrats, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia who said that Trump is not a “legitimate” president.
 
The 64-year-old Stone told Alex Jones of InfoWars that he had never been in a hospital since birth and had enjoyed good health until he fell ill in December. His health deteriorated, said Stone, and was noted by vomiting, uncontrolled diarrhea, and severe dehydration. “I am generally a healthy person. I’m a user of the Infowars supplements,” said Stone.
 
After having a blood analysis by his physicians in Florida, Stone said that “the general consensus is that I was poisoned.” Stone told Jones, “I was poisoned with a substance that may have been polonium or had the characteristics of polonium.” He added, “The conjecture of all the doctors was that I did not receive a large enough dose [of polonium] to kill me, but I have never been this ill.”
 
In a tweet, Stone stated, “I thank God I am alive to support the Donald Trump Revolution.” He also tweeted his belief that he was poisoned. 
“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.” On InfoWars, photographs of Stone apparently displaying multiple small lesions were displayed. According to the Daily Mail, photographs that were taken during a visit to Trump Tower last month also displayed the lesions.
 
To Jones, Stone said, “This is about stopping the Trump agenda.” He said, “[They knew] I would blow the whistle on this whole bogus Russian narrative that they just won’t let go of.”
Stone identified the “deep state” enemies who tried to kill him with polonium as the “Democrat opposition and the intel community,” according to InfoWars.
 
“I am an enemy of the deep state. I think people know that I was an insider in American politics I was close to power in nine presidential elections,” Stone said. He indicted what he called the “Republican/Democrat Bush Clinton deep state” for manufacturing the narrative about Russian meddling. He also referred to unsubstantiated claims that were broadcast by the BuzzFeed news site and CNN that implicated Trump with a scurrilous story about a romp with prostitutes in Russia that was apparently fabricated by a former British intelligence officer. Of this, Stone said, “They have compounded it by pushing a clearly fabricated document.”
Trump has vehemently denied allegations that he and his team cooperated with Russia to hack the DNC and Clinton’s campaign. He denounced CNN at a press conference for distributing “fake news” and questioned whether U.S. intelligence services were involved in the distribution of the 35-page dossier compiled by the former British spy that alleged ties to Russia. 
 
 
A paper cited by the National Institutes of Health indicates that polonium poisoning is survival in low doses, but recovery can take months.
 
Reportedly, polonium was used to poison and kill Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy and dissident, in 2006, supposedly on orders from Putin. Some reports indicate that he ingested the poison in a cup of tea. He died within the course of two weeks.
 
Stone is promoting his latest book, "The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution."


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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