Trump Jr. Corresponded With WikiLeaks During the 2016 Election

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According to report from the Atlantic, someone handling the WikiLeaks social media account interacted with Donald Trump Jr. since before the election, and they released the private messages. "That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won't be perceived as coming from a "pro-Trump" "pro-Russia" source".

"Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us", WikiLeaks went on, pointing Trump Jr.to the link wlsearch.tk, which it said would help Trump's followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories.

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It appears, according to The Atlantic's Julia Ioffe, that the oldest son of then-candidate Donald Trump received many "DM's" from Wikileaks, and responded occasionally. "It's fantastic what she can get away with", The Atlantic reported Monday.

Minutes later, Trump Jr. asked WikiLeaks "what's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?"

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"'That's a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!' or something similar", Wikileaks wrote. More than once, WikiLeaks requested that members of the Trump campaign push stories published on the site, most of which focused on alleged Clinton wrongdoing. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau pointed out, Mr. Trump himself tweeted, "Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks".

And of course, The Atlantic obtained the messages between Don Jr. and WikiLeaks as part of a leak after Don Jr.'s lawyers handed them over to Congress. Trump Jr. did not respond.

Two days later, Trump's running mate Mike Pence categorically denied that the Trump campaign had anything to do with Wikileaks' release of Hilary Clinton's campaign emails.

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is in desperate need of a pen pal while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, apparently.

A new report from The Atlantic has details about how Trump Jr. exchanged messages with Wikileaks, and Wikileaks asked him to spread their work, dispute election results, and have his father request Australia appoint Julian Assange as ambassador to the U.S. Trump Jr. notified other campaign officials that Wikileaks contacted him, and the report suggests that the Trump scion acted upon their requests and political suggestions multiple times.

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