WikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to make Assange ambassador
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.
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.