Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks Engaged in a Secret 10-Month Correspondence

Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks Engaged in a Secret 10-Month Correspondence”

For months, the WikiLeaks Twitter account has carried on a secret correspondence with Donald Trump Jr., according to messages published today by The Atlantic.

This is not the first time that Trump Jr. has been in the spotlight, and has had his actions brought into question amid the larger probe into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election.

The revelation came about when The Atlantic published Twitter direct messages between Wikileaks and Trump Jr.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted after The Atlantic's story published that he could not confirm the online conversations. "Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4". The organization made multiple requests of Trump Jr., asking him to provide his father's tax returns and suggesting the candidate refuse to concede if he lost the election to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE 5:26 PM ET: Ioffe updated her piece to include this incredible detail that was caught by the Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau - Trump Jr. tweeted about the release of John Podesta's emails 15 minutes after WikiLeaks contacted him. "So dishonest! Rigged system!" He reached out to WikiLeaks again two minutes after replying and asked what was "behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?"

And then there's this incriminating revelation.

"Hiya, it'd be great if you guys could comment on/push this story", WikiLeaks wrote to Trump Jr. on October 3, 2016. Kushner then forwarded the email to communications director Hope Hicks.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks continued to DM him, at one point asking him to leak them Trump Sr.'s tax returns to help the group "improve the perception of our impartiality", suggesting that Trump not concede the election if he loses, and after the election making the odd suggestion that the he should "suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador" to the US.

Trump Jr. didn't message back, but he tweeted the link himself, according to the Atlantic. That matters because it was widely believed at the time that WikiLeaks was posting emails hacked by the Russian government.

If you find NCRM valuable, would you please consider making a donation to support our independent journalism? So, there's some Russia-related business at hand, if The Atlantic report is true.

Although WikiLeaks, which denies being a Russian puppet, did the lion's share of the talking, it appears that in some cases Trump Jr. actually conveyed the whistleblowing website's requests through to the highest echelons of his father's presidential campaign. "It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington, ] DC".

WikiLeaks added that Australia would not appoint Assange ambassador to the U.S., but that the request from Trump alone would force Australia, the United Kingdom, and Sweden to "stop bending" the law "to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons".

In one of the messages, sent at 6:35 p.m. on the day of the election, Wikileaks wrote, "Hi Don if your father "loses" we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred-as he has implied that he might do".

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