A new report from The Atlantic highlights several direct messages it says it obtained that were composed from the Wikileaks Twitter account and sent to Donald Trump Jr., before and after the 2016 US election.
On Election Day, November 8, 2016, WikiLeaks wrote: "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".
Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. They ranged from questions to a request for the Trump campaign to "push" a story to requests for leaks, but he appears not to have answered majority. "Hiya, it'd be great if you guys could comment on/push this story", WikiLeaks suggested, attaching a quote from then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about wanting to "just drone" WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
Trump Jr. might not have responded often (although he did a few times in the beginning), but he tweeted and shared some of what WikiLeaks was feeding him, including a link to the trove of emails that he was sent in a DM from WikiLeaks. "It's fantastic what she can get away with", The Atlantic reported Monday.
In the months that followed, WikiLeaks would ask Trump Jr. for favors or provide information to him. So, there's some Russia-related business at hand, if The Atlantic report is true.
According to The Atlantic, Trump Jr. replied, "Off the record I don't know who that is, but I'll ask around".
"Add Trump Jr.to the list of people tied to Trump campaign in private communications with Wikileaks and Guddifer 2.0, along with Roger Stone, Cambridge Analytica, and potentially others", he concluded.
WikiLeaks itself shared a link to some of Trump Jr.'s emails about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, and tweeted: "Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us)".
On occasion, Trump Jr. responded.
The messages were turned over by Trump Jr.to congressional investigators, and were apparently leaked to The Atlantic.
She writes: "WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump's tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States".
The reason this is important is because the beating heart of the Russian meddling investigation is whether or not the Trump campaign was involved in hacks of the Clinton camp's emails, including John Podesta, who was then the chairman of Clinton's presidential campaign.