A bombshell report from the Atlantic this evening shows just how deep the communication between Donald Trump Jr and Wikileaks actually was. Not only were they in communication during the election, but they actually were still direct messaging each other through July of 2017.
Julia Ioffe is reporting that on September 20, 2016, Wikileaks twitter account sent a message to Donald Trump, Jr. saying the following:
“A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch. The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?”
The next day, Jr. responded:
“Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around. Thanks.”
Trump Jr.’s lawyers provided all the messages to congressional investigators. These messages were obtained by the Atlantic. The exchanges continued through July 2017, but were largely one sided, with Wikileaks initiating most of the contact. Not that this helps Jr – he did respond to many of them and also forwarded information via email to many Trump campaign members, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner reportedly forwarded emails to Hope Hicks.
Some more back and forth exchanges:
October 3, 2016, WikiLeaks wrote:
“Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story.”
They were talking about a story saying that Hillary Clinton wanted to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
Don Jr responded a half hour later:
“Already did that earlier today. It’s amazing what she can get away with.”
Just TWO minutes later Don Jr wrote:
“What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?”
WikiLeaks didn’t respond.
October 12, 2016, Wikileaks messaged:
“Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications. Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us. There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it. Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.”
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