Wik­iLeaks asked Trump Jr. to make As­sange am­bas­sador

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS | CELEBRITY NEWS -

NEW YORK (AP) — Don­ald Trump Jr. cor­re­sponded with Wik­iLeaks dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign — and the pres­i­den­tial son ap­pears to have acted on re­quests made by the Krem­lin-con­nected trans­parency or­ga­ni­za­tion, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

Wik­iLeaks’ re­quests in­cluded ask­ing Trump Jr. to coax his fa­ther into telling Aus­tralia to ap­point its founder, Ju­lian As­sange, am­bas­sador to the US.

The anti-se­crecy site also tried to per­suade Trump Jr. to share his fa­ther’s tax re­turns.

On elec­tion day it­self, Nov. 8, Wik­iLeaks con­tacted Trump Jr. to make the ex­tra­or­di­nary sug­ges­tion that should his fa­ther lose the con­test, as was then widely ex­pected, he should refuse to con­cede the race and in­stead turn the spot­light on the me­dia for “rig­ging” the re­sult.

As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian col­lu­sion con­tin­ues to loom over the White House, Twit­ter mes­sages ob­tained by The At­lantic on Mon­day re­veal Trump Jr. com­mu­ni­cated with Wik­iLeaks on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, start­ing in Septem­ber last year and span­ning un­til at least July this year.

Roughly two months be­fore Elec­tion Day, the Wik­iLeaks Twit­ter ac­count ini­ti­ated con­tact, in­form­ing the Trump son over a di­rect mes­sage that an an­tiTrump PAC was about to launch a web­site called putin­trump.org.

AP


Don­ald Trump Jr.’s Twit­ter ac­count shows a series of di­rect mes­sages he re­ceived from the Twit­ter ac­count be­hind the Wik­iLeaks web­site, in­clud­ing his re­sponses to the com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which he posted.

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