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One of the meaty nuggets from the Stone indictment:

Stone collaborated with Jerome Corsi and Wikileaks to identify topics of pending leaks in advance so they could be weaponized.

One topic: Clinton’s health.

As the indictment makes clear, Stone was in contact with the Trump campaign via Bannon and others.

These topics appear to have made their way to Trump.

Trump picked them up and ran with them.

That tactic - seeding a narrative in advance of information surfacing - is called ‘preemptive framing’.

It works because it ‘leads the witness’. It manipulates the audience into interpreting some later info in the way the manipulator wanted.

It takes advantage of the fact that humans are prone to:

Confirmation bias - believing things that line up with what they already believe; and

Apperception - seeing what they expected to see rather than what is there

Leading an audience to believe disinfo is very effective

Preemptive framing is one of Trump’s manipulative go-to’s.

He shapes the story before the story breaks.

That’s one of a narcissist’s favorite tools. Getting ahead of the info curve to make you believe what they want you to...

The nugget in the Stone indictment doesn’t connect the last mile of Trump’s campaign explicitly receiving and acting based on the advance notice of Wikileaks topics and themes...

...but there is ample circumstantial evidence of Trump doing exactly that.

Front-running leaks.

When you roll al of that up and view it from 30,000 feet:

Trump, Russia, Wikileaks, Roger Stone, and others all conspired to weaponize stolen emails for maximum damage by preemptively framing leaks and then merchandising their release.

That’s not collusion. It’s conspiracy.
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