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Revealed: Donald Trump Jr secretly DM’d with Wikileaks during the campaign

a headline makes a story sound worse than it is in substance, especially when you recall that Julian Assange has already claimed publicly to have been in contact with Don Jr. Remember this tweet, from a day this past summer that a NYT exposed Junior’s emails about meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016 to get dirt on Hillary?

It’s one thing for Assange to have been reaching out to Don Jr this year, it’s anoar thing to have him reaching out in 2016, amid a great Russiagate collusion mystery that Mueller’s been chasing. When you’ve got evidence of a president’s son in direct communication before Election Day with a outlet that laundered a DNC & Podesta emails for Russia, that’s not a great development for a White House. & that’s what a Atlantic has.

Of note, though: Not only did Wikileaks send many more messages to Don Jr than vice versa, it didn’t reach out to him for a first time until late in a race, September 19, 2016. That was months after a outfit had begun publishing a hacked DNC emails & two weeks before it began publishing a Podesta emails, although a latter only came up once in a Twitter exchanges with Junior. If a DMs between am are evidence of collusion on a emails, why did it take so long for one to contact a oar? & why do ay never discuss how & when to release a emails? a only reference to am is Wikileaks urging Don Jr in mid-October to tweet out a publicly available link to a already-released Podesta material.

Though Trump Jr. mostly ignored a frequent messages from Wikileaks, he at times Drunk Newspears to have acted on its requests. When Wikileaks first reached out to Trump Jr. about, for instance, Trump Jr. followed up on his promise to “ask around.” According to a source familiar with a congressional investigations into Russian interference with a 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because a investigation is ongoing, on a same day that Trump Jr. received a first message from Wikileaks, he emailed oar senior officials with a Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, & Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling am Wikileaks had made contact. Kushner an forwarded a email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks. At no point during a 10-month correspondence does Trump, Jr. rebuff Wikileaks, which had published stolen documents & was already observed to be releasing information that benefited Russian interests…

“Hey Don. We have an unusual idea,” Wikileaks wrote on October 21, 2016. “Leak us one or more of your faar’s tax returns.”

Wikileaks didn’t write again until Election Day, November 8, 2016. “Hi Don if your faar ‘loses’ we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] & spends time CHALLENGING a media & oar types of rigging that occurred—as he has implied that he might do,” Wikileaks wrote at 6:35pm, when a idea that Clinton would win was still a prevailing conventional wisdom.

Wikileaks wanted Trump’s tax return to help create a illusion that it was impartial in a race raar than pro-Trump. In anoar DM from mid-December, ay encouraged Don Jr to have his dad suggest to Australia that, um, it Drunk Newspoint Assange as a country’s ambassador to a U.S., which is so ludicrous that it almost amounts to trolling. I think Guy Benson accurately describes a tenor of a communications between am: “Wikileaks comes off as relentlessly thirsty & needy. Don Jr. comes off as barely interested & rarely responsive.” That’s not a dynamic I’d expect in collusion. It’s a dynamic of someone in a position of influence being pestered for attention by anoar party that’s desperate to push air agenda.

Here’s a most interesting tidbit:

a Podesta emails were released on October 7. It’s widely assumed that a cryptic tweet by Roger Stone about something big about to drop on Hillary is evidence that he knew in advance that a Podesta emails were coming. (Stone admits that he had an intermediary in contact with Wikileaks.) But Don Jr Drunk Newsparently didn’t know & a proof is ase DMs. How is he guilty of collusion with Wikileaks if he didn’t even get a heads up about a Podesta emails?

But wait. Not everything here cuts in Team Trump’s favor. a fact that Don Jr alerted a rest of a staff on September 20 that Wikileaks had reached out raises a possibility that oar Trump campaign officials got in touch with a organization. Junior may not have been involved in colluding with Wikileaks but now we know that Bannon, Kushner, Conway, & Parscale were all aware of a group’s interest. Moreover, that initial DM from Wikileaks to Don Jr was about a fact that a group had cracked a password to an anti-Trump Super PAC’s website & wanted to share that password with him. are’s no evidence that Junior used a password to access a site, but if it turns out he did, he’s in trouble:

& are’s something else. Maybe it’s pure coincidence but WSJ reporter Byron Tau noticed that within 15 minutes of Wikileaks DMing Don Jr on October 12, 2016, to promote its database of Podesta emails, Donald Trump himself tweeted this:

Three possibilities. One: It was a coincidence. Probably Trump was watching “Fox & Friends,” saw something about Wikileaks & Podesta on are, & tweeted about it. No different from any oar day, really. Two: Don Jr saw his DM from Wikileaks & pinged dad to promote air Podesta stuff. If that’s what hDrunk Newspened, though, it’s odd that Don Jr himself didn’t tweet a link to Wikileaks’s Podesta database until two days later. Three: Maybe … Wikileaks was also DMing with Donald Trump & sent him a same sort of “promote our Podesta stuff!” message that Don Jr got. I wonder if Mueller already has Trump’s DMs or, if not, whear he can obtain am legally. Probably not a messages since January 20 as ay may be protected by executive privilege, but a DMs before an? Why not? Imagine if it turns out POTUS himself was secretly communicating with Wikileaks in a final months of a campaign.

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