WikiLeaks sent Twitter DMs to Donald Trump Jr. for 10 months
WikiLeaks messaged Donald Trump Jr. throughout the 2016 election and beyond — and often, even if the president’s eldest son rarely responded.
The Atlantic found the organization was sending direct messages to Trump Jr.’s Twitter account for 10 months, up until July 2017. Writer Julia Ioffe discovered them after the messages were turned over to Congress as part of the investigations into Russian involvement in the election.
And, yeah, they make WikiLeaks seem pretty desperate.
The messages asked Trump Jr. to publicly share stories and information. At one point, the organization asked for Trump’s tax returns.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted after The Atlantic‘s story published that he could not confirm the online conversations.
I cannot confirm the alleged DM’s from @DonaldJTrumpJr to @WikiLeaks. @WikiLeaks does not keep such records and the Atlantic’s presentation is edited and clearly does not have the full context. However, even those published by the Atlantic show that: 1/
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) November 13, 2017
Trump Jr. might not have responded often (although he did a few times in the beginning), but he tweeted and shared some of what WikiLeaks was feeding him, including a link to the trove of emails that he was sent in a DM from WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks used very familiar language with Trump Jr. In one DM it wrote, in part, “Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story.”
And it seems the WikiLeaks info made its way up to Donald Trump occasionally. This tweet was sent 15 minutes after his son got a DM from WikiLeaks in October 2016.
Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016
Looking at his other tweets, Trump Jr. tweeted about WikiLeaks a lot during October 2016 with stories mainly about Hillary Clinton campaign leaks.
Requests from WikiLeaks kept coming in after the election. Like this one in December to make Assange the Australian ambassador to the United States.
After the Atlantic report was released, Trump Jr.’s camp put out a statement saying it had “no concerns” about the leaked documents.
Trump himself tweeted about WikiLeaks 14 times from July 2016 up until his election. Like his son, he cited the leaked Clinton emails often.
I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
What this really reveals is that Trump Jr. checks his DMs and has totally seen those Seth Rogen messages.