President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. released correspondences he had with WikiLeaks before the 2016 election and posted the conversation on Twitter.
“Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Atlantic reported Donald Trump Jr. was contacted by the WikiLeaks Twitter account via direct message on September 20, 2016, just before midnight.
“A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote in the message. “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 message to Trump Jr. came just three weeks before Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence denied any communication the campaign had with WikiLeaks.
About 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responds, “Off the record don’t know who that is but I’ll ask around. Thanks.”
These direct messages as well as others were sent by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators and were also obtained by The Atlantic.
The messages appear to be a one-sided conversation between the WikiLeaks Twitter account and Donald Trump Jr. It appears that he only responded to WikiLeaks twice, once on September 3 and again on October 3,
In October 2016, WikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to “comment on/push this story” about Democratic presidential nominee at the time Hillary Clinton wanting to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
"Already did that earlier today," Trump Jr. responded. "It's amazing what she can get away with."
Trump Jr. followed by asking WikiLeaks about a “Wednesday leak” he had heard about.
“What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?” Trump inquired.
According to the series of direct messages, WikiLeaks never responded to Trump Jr.’s inquiry about the “Wednesday leak,” but the account continued to message Trump Jr. asking him to ask his father to share and promote articles created by WikiLeaks. Although Trump Jr. didn’t respond via direct message it appears he may have relayed the messages to his father.
Donald Trump Jr. releases WikiLeaks Twitter messages
Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017