Over the course of the 2016 race for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly said just how much he loved WikiLeaks, which released thousands of hacked emails from computers at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta:
And now, thanks to The Atlantic, we know that Trump and WikiLeaks were in much closer coordination and communication than we ever imagined possible.
Over the course of the election, WikiLeaks sent periodic messages to Donald Trump Jr. with instructions to pass along instructions to his father. For example, on Election Day, they sent this communique:
“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.”
While most of the messages did not receive a reply from Trump Jr., one of particular interest did. It involved the hacked emails of Podesta, and Junior sent out a tweet containing a link which had been suggested by WikiLeaks. That tweet, from October 14, 2016 read:
“For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: //wlsearch.tk/.”
Also, not long after Don Jr’s meeting at Trump Tower with Russian operatives who said they had damaging information on Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks sent this message to Trump Jr.:
“Hi Don. Sorry to hear about your problems. We have an idea that may help a little. We are VERY interested in confidentially obtaining and publishing a copy of the email(s) cited in the New York Times today. We think this is strongly in your interest. Us publishing not only deprives them of this ability but is beautifully confounding.”
15 minutes later, Trump Jr. released the emails which led up to the Trump Tower meeting, just as he had been urged to do by WikiLeaks.
It should also be noted that WikiLeaks has extensive ties to Russia and Assange has even received money from Rusian state TV. WikiLeaks also arranged for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to receive asylum in Russia after he leaked top-secret information about data collection programs at the NSA.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, all of these WikiLeaks messages to Trump Jr. have been turned over to Congressional investigators and are no doubt also in the files of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, meaning that Trump’s oldest son is now in in deeper Dutch than he can possibly comprehend.
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