“Throughout the 2016 election and for the better part of this year, WikiLeaks sent private messages via Twitter to Donald Trump Jr., according to newly leaked correspondence first reported by The Atlantic. Trump Jr. only occasionally responded and apparently ceased all communication less than a month before the election.
The chats, which were also handed over to congressional investigators, started last summer after WikiLeaks began releasing a trove of emails poached by hackers from prominent Democratic Party members—the product of Kremlin-directed cyberattacks, according to the US intelligence community, as well as multiple private security firms that examined the DNC’s corpse of a server. The communications, which Gizmodo has not confirmed independently, reveal an intense thirst on the part of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who clearly holds a candle for Donald Trump. Although WikiLeaks, which denies being a Russian puppet, did the lion’s share of the talking, it appears that in some cases Trump Jr. actually conveyed the whistleblowing website’s requests through to the highest echelons of his father’s presidential campaign. Following their initial chat, in which WikiLeaks warned Trump Jr. that “anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” Trump Jr. reportedly alerted, among others, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The various requests WikiLeaks made of Trump Jr. grew increasingly bizarre as time marched on. “It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to DC,” WikiLeaks suggested a little more than a month after the election. The account—almost certainly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange behind the keyboard—went on to suggest how Trump might frame the argument: “‘That’s a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian you have!’ or something similar,” WikiLeaks wrote in a transparent attempt to capture Trump’s inarticulate style.
About a month before the election—and 15 minutes after WikiLeaks notified Trump Jr. that it had released the fourth set of emails.
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