Donald Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks before election, report says

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"Over the last several months, we have worked cooperatively with each of the committees and have voluntarily turned over thousands of documents in response to their requests", Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., said in a statement.

A source told The Atlantic that Trump Jr. then emailed Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, Jared Kushner, and campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks about the exchange.

That request from Wikileaks was one of a few that the organization sent Trump Jr.'s way.

After Donald Trump proclaimed, "I love WikiLeaks!" during an October 10th campaign rally, WikiLeaks messaged Trump Jr: "Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications".

As The Atlantic acknowledges, the conversation was largely one-sided, with WikiLeaks making a proposal and Trump Jr. either acting in accordance or going silent.

WikiLeaks appeared to develop a correspondence with at least one member of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign during the election cycle, and in one instance, was praised by Trump, shortly after the group messaged his son, Donald Trump Jr., according to messages obtained by The Atlantic.

However, the messages do not show that Trump Jr. or anyone else on the Trump campaign had advance knowledge of any of WikiLeaks' plans regarding Democrats' hacked emails. The Wikileaks account sent Trump Jr. a direct message hours before results were finalized, imploring him to urge his dad to push back on the final tally.

Responding on Twitter, Julian Assange said he could not confirm the authenticity of the messages since Wikileaks "does not keep such records". So, there's some Russia-related business at hand, if The Atlantic report is true. "We have guessed the password".

If Mr. Trump were to lose, WikiLeads said on November 9, 2016, "we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred-as he has implied that he might do". "It's fantastic what she can get away with". "So dishonest! Rigged system!" "There's many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows [sic] will find it", WikiLeaks continued, according to The Atlantic. The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were given to Congress as part on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged attempt to influence the US election, and show the organization telling Trump Jr. that his father - then president-elect - should push Australia to make Assange its USA ambassador.

Two days later, Trump's running mate Mike Pence categorically denied that the Trump campaign had anything to do with Wikileaks' release of Hilary Clinton's campaign emails.

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