In a bombshell report by Foreign Policy, Jared Kushner in 2017 allowed his publication, New York Observer, to regularly publish whatever WikiLeaks used to offer, including sending a freelancer to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2014. In previous reporting, Foreign Policy reported that Trump’s son-in-law’s publication was “a friendly outlet” in 2016 for Russian hackers.
‘Quoting two officials who opted to remain anonymous, NBC identified the overriding official as Carl Kline, who became director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President in May 2017. He overruled 30 or more cases, including Kushner’s, and approved top secret clearance for an unprecedented number of people whose bid had been rejected, according to NBC.’
Writer for Kushner’s publication, Jacques Hyzagi, became cozy with Julian Assange in London and had direct access to the WikiLeaks founder which resulted in numerous stories about WikiLeaks, later becoming notorious for leaking private emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee.
The publication, at one point, even went as far as to feature Julian Assange. The feature painted a rose-tinted glaze about Assange and was noted for kicking off a long-running series of laudatory articles about the WikiLeaks founder — many of those stories including exclusive details about the Australian transparency advocate.
Per Foreign Policy:
‘Later, the Observer also became a favored outlet of Guccifer 2.0, a suspected Russian hacker, who along with WikiLeaks released troves of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
While Kushner’s publication wasn’t the only outlet featuring juicy tidbits regarding Guccifer 2.0 news Foreign Policy stated that it “was the only one owned by someone who was a part of the Trump campaign.”
‘WikiLeaks tweeted some of the Observer’s coverage, including stories expressing doubt that the Russians had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.’
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