Wik­ileaks’ wacky pro­posal

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Wik­ileaks reached out to Don­ald Trump’s camp after he won the US pres­i­dency to ask him to sug­gest Ju­lian As­sange be ap­pointed Aus­tralia’s USA am­bas­sador.

WIK­ILEAKS reached out to Don­ald Trump’s camp after he won the US pres­i­dency to ask the bil­lion­aire to use his newly ac­quired in­flu­ence to sug­gest Ju­lian As­sange be ap­pointed as the Aus­tralian Am­bas­sador to Amer­ica.

The in­cred­i­ble re­quest was part of a se­ries of pri­vate ex­changes be­tween Wik­iLeaks and Pres­i­dent Trump’s son Don­ald Trump Jr during the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion.

The mes­sages have formed part of a con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in last year’s US elec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to The At­lantic after months of ex­changes, the Wik­iLeaks Twit­ter ac­count sent an­other mis­sive to Mr Trump Jnr on De­cem­ber 16, when his fa­ther was Pres­i­dent-elect.

“Hi Don. Hope you’re do­ing well!” the mes­sage read.

“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.”

Wik­ileaks even sug­gested how Mr Trump might ap­proach the mat­ter.

“That’s a real smart tough guy and the most fa­mous aus­tralian [sic] you have!’ or some­thing sim­i­lar,” Wik­iLeaks wrote.

“They won’t do it but it will send the right sig­nals to Aus­tralia, UK + Swe­den to start fol­low­ing the law and stop bend­ing it to in­gra­ti­ate them­selves with the Clin­tons.”

Wik­iLeaks also wanted Mr Trump Jr to leak them his fa­ther’s much sought-after tax re­turns.

Mr Trump Jr ig­nored all re­quests from Wik­ileaks.

Wik­ileaks did not re­spond to The At­lantic for com­ment.

Mr As­sange founded Wik­ileaks in 2006.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been ac­cused of help­ing Rus­sia spread hacked in­for­ma­tion and data during the Pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Hil­lary Clin­ton has de­scribed Wik­iLeaks as a “tool of Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence”.

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