As time passes, more and more evidence is revealed showing just how crooked the Trump campaign is/was during the campaign. In further proof that President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is an accomplice in Trump’s collusion with outside agencies who meddled in the 2016 presidential election, Junior’s lawyer turned over correspondence he and WikiLeaks had over Twitter to Congress.
In an illuminating report from The Atlantic, it’s being reported that Don Don received direct messages from WikiLeaks. Though he didn’t respond to many of them, he occasionally did. When he did, however, he “acted on its requests.” He basically followed their advice to help his dad win the 2016 presidential election. Let that sink in.
Even more interesting is the fact that Trump Jr. never once told them it was improper for the organization to contact him. Furthermore, according to sources, senior campaign officials knew Don Don had been contacted by WikiLeaks. During the time Don Don communicated with WikiLeaks, they released documents such as the Democratic National Committee’s emails.
‘According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign… on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from WikiLeaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact. Kushner then forwarded the email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks. At no point during the 10-month correspondence does Trump Jr. rebuff WikiLeaks, which had published stolen documents and was already observed to be releasing information that benefited Russian interests.’
You cannot argue that the release of the WikiLeaks emails was not significant during the campaign. The Atlantic pointed out one release that shows just how effective the organization was in helping Trump.
‘On October 7, less than an hour after the Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, WikiLeaks released emails that hackers had pilfered from the personal email account of Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.
Coincidence? We think not.
The most significant piece of evidence in the private correspondence between Don Don and WikiLeaks, however, reveals something quite striking. In October, WikiLeaks asked Don Don to share a True Pundit story about Hillary Clinton asking if they could “just drone” Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. The article has never been proven, and Clinton herself remarked if she had made such a statement, it would have been a joke.
Don Don actually responded to WikiLeaks replying:
‘Already did that earlier today. It’s amazing what she can get away with.’
What’s so significant about that? WikiLeaks was telling the Trump campaign (at least Don Don) what propaganda to push, and the campaign was taking the suggestions and running with them. In that sense, Don Don and the campaign worked together with WikiLeaks.
It doesn’t end there. Later that month, WikiLeaks sent Don Don a message saying:
‘Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications… Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us. There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it. BTW we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.’
The message was sent after Trump had expressed his appreciation for WikiLeaks during a campaign rally.
Donald Trump, October 10, 2016: “This just came out. WikiLeaks! I love WikiLeaks!” pic.twitter.com/KWP7X2aLiN
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 21, 2017
Though Don Don didn’t respond to that message, Trump tweeted this message just 15 minutes later:
‘Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!’
A few days later, Don Don did share the link.
After that, Don Don stopped all communications with WikiLeaks. However, that does not mean WikiLeaks stopped sending him messages. In one message, WikiLeaks advised the Trump campaign they should allow WikiLeaks to release a part of Trump’s tax returns. WikiLeaks reasoned that by doing so, it would show them to be impartial, and their anti-Hillary rhetoric could be seen as less biased. They wrote:
‘If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality. That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a “pro-Trump” “pro-Russia” source. The same for any other negative stuff (documents, recordings) that you think has a decent chance of coming out. Let us put it out.’
Obviously, no tax returns were released, and after that, Trump won the election. After winning the election, WikiLeaks suggested in a message to Don Don that President Trump should influence Australia into appointing Assange as the ambassador to the United States. They wrote:
‘In relation to Mr. Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Assange. It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington,] DC.’
Were they actually trolling Don Don? Because that is hilarious.
Though WikiLeaks has offered no comment regarding the release of their correspondence, Don Don’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, has. He commented:
‘Putting aside the question as to why or by whom such documents, provided to Congress under promises of confidentiality, have been selectively leaked, we can say with confidence that we have no concerns about these documents and any questions raised about them have been easily answered in the appropriate forum.’
Furthermore, Don Jr. released copies of the messages after the leaks were made to the press about his correspondence.
‘Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3’
Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
Of course, they are going to bring up the information being leaked! Because leaking evidence completely negates it and makes everything a-okay. Leaked illegally or not, this evidence is beyond damning. During their correspondence, WikiLeaks admitted they were biased towards Trump. They admit they were anti-Hillary and needed dirt to release on Trump to appear less biased. We highly doubt they were conversing with the Clinton campaign in this form.
What’s concerning is the fact that WikiLeaks would choose to have this conversation over Twitter direct messaging. WikiLeaks is beyond aware of what messaging is secure and what is not secure. Their website promotes using a secure browser that is meant to make your activities and communications on the internet anonymous. Obviously, Don Don didn’t check that out. Why would they choose to message someone on Twitter who probably uses “MelaniaIsHawt1977” as their password? We can only assume that the benefits of Trump winning the 2016 election would outweigh the risks, as Assange would have much more to gain than lose if Trump won. Furthermore, what could even be done to WikiLeaks? The one to go down would be Don Don, as he should.
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