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ANOTHER big hype about a small story --- Wikileaks & Trump Jr. shared a few Twitter DM's --- So what?

By from net, Posted in Politics / World

Donald Trump Jr. briefly and minimally corresponded with WikiLeaks during campaign

Monday Donald Trump Jr. shared the few messages that he exchanged during the 2016 campaign with WikiLeaks, the organization that promotes transparency by publishing leaked and secret material.

Trump Jr. shared the messages via his Twitter feed hours after The Atlantic published a story revealing the existence of the correspondence. "How ironic!" that "one of the congressional committees" chose to "selectively leak" the messages between himself and WikiLeaks, Trump Jr. wrote.

The Atlantic said WikiLeaks communicated with Trump Jr. in a few DM's (direct messages) from the organization's Twitter account and that Trump Jr.'s lawyers turned the messages over to congressional investigators looking into the 2016 election. WikiLeaks continued to message Trump Jr. until July 2017, but there is no evidence Trump Jr. responded to any of them after October 2016.




Trump Jr. ignored the most of the requests from WikiLeaks and he did not respond to any messages from the group after mid-October 2016.

On Oct. 21, 2016, WikiLeaks suggested Donald Trump leak his tax returns on its site to control the narrative around the issue. WikiLeaks also said leaking the tax returns would "dramatically improve the (public) perception".

When news broke in July about Trump Jr.'s June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, WikiLeaks messaged Trump Jr. and suggested he leak the emails about setting up the meeting to the organization. As with the tax returns, WikiLeaks suggested giving them the documents would help the Trumps control the narrative.

Trump Jr. did not respond to the message, but hours later he shared the emails himself through his Twitter account.

A lawyer for Trump Jr. said the president's eldest son had no concerns about the messages with WikiLeaks.

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ARCHIVES FROM 4 months ago.... It had been disclosed and declared by Julian Assange that he reached out to Donald Trump, Jr. and Assange urged Trump Jr. to release all emails involving a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election... and to release them via Assange's WikiLeaks