Trump Jr, Wik­iLeaks ex­changed mes­sages

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son re­leased a se­ries of pri­vate Twit­ter ex­changes be­tween him­self and Wik­iLeaks dur­ing and after the 2016 elec­tion, in­clud­ing pleas from the web­site to pub­li­cise its leaks.

Don­ald Trump Jr’s re­lease of the mes­sages on Twit­ter came hours after The At­lantic first re­ported them on Mon­day. In the ex­changes — some of them around the time that the web­site was re­leas­ing the stolen emails from Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man — Wik­iLeaks praises his fa­ther’s pos­i­tive com­ments about Wik­iLeaks and asks Trump Jr to re­lease his fa­ther’s tax re­turns to the site.


The rev­e­la­tions are sure to in­crease calls in Congress to have Trump Jr tes­tify pub­licly as part of sev­eral com­mit­tee probes into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion. And they add a new el­e­ment to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions that have been prob­ing for months whether Trump’s cam­paign col­luded in any way with the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment.

In an in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment re­leased last Jan­uary, the NSA, CIA and FBI con­cluded Rus­sian mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence pro­vided hacked in­for­ma­tion from the DNC and “se­nior Demo­cratic of­fi­cials” to Wik­iLeaks. Wik­iLeaks has de­nied that Rus­sia was the source of emails it re­leased. AP

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