The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks Revealed

The younger Trump has exchanged direct messages with the WikiLeaks account on Twitter between 20 September and 12 October 2016. He has released exchanges he had with the WikiLeaks Twitter account via direct messages during the 2016 presidential campaign. “A PAC run anti-Trump site is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it.

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” he wrote on September 21, 2016. “Thanks.”

In the October 3 exchange, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a message to Trump Jr. that said: "Hiya, it'd be great if you guys could comment on/push this story," and proceeded to link to a quote from Hillary Clinton suggesting a drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to the messages shared by Trump Jr. "Already did that earlier today," Trump Jr. wrote back. "It's amazing what she can get away with."
Trump Jr. then proceeded to inquire about a "Wednesday leak."
"What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?" he wrote, according to The Atlantic.

According to leaked information obtained by the Atlantic, Trump Jr shared the news that WikiLeaks had been in touch with him with several members of the inner campaign team. Among those he allegedly told were Steve Bannon, then chief executive of the Trump presidential campaign, as well as the candidate’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation.

This is not the first controversy involving Trump Jr and links to Russia. In June 2016 he met a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in what was presented to him as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign by providing information that could be used against Hillary Clinton.

-Chavini Abhaysinghe

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