WASHINGTON — On Monday night time, the Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe reported that Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the President and a senior adviser to his marketing campaign, had exchanged direct messages on Twitter with WikiLeaks in the course of the course of the 2016 race.
Trump Jr. shortly launched his DM exchanges, which amounted to various notes despatched from WikiLeaks to Trump Jr. and three responses despatched from Trump Jr. to WikiLeaks.
“Right here is all the chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping three responses) which one of many congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak,” he tweeted. “How ironic!”
Trump Jr.’s apparent try to attenuate this information — nothing to see right here people!!! — is a little bit of a inform. You don’t react — or overreact — this strategy to one thing that’s really a nothingburger.
So what does this new reporting show? It proves past a shadow of a doubt that there was direct communication between WikiLeaks and a senior member of Donald Trump’s political internal circle.
That issues — for 2 causes.
First, as a result of by the point WikiLeaks was speaking with Don Jr. — late September and early October 2016 — he, and anybody else paying even the smallest quantity of consideration to the marketing campaign, knew that US intelligence officers have been satisfied that Russia was answerable for the hacks of emails from the Democratic Nationwide Committee and Hillary Clinton marketing campaign chairman John Podesta that have been being posted on the WikiLeaks web site.
In mid-July, The New York Occasions revealed a narrative headlined “Spy Company Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C..” That report got here simply days after WikiLeaks had revealed 20,000 stolen DNC emails. Simply days after Trump Jr. responded to a WikiLeaks DM asking, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I maintain studying about,” US intelligence officers confirmed that they believed Russia was behind the hacked DNC emails being revealed on WikiLeaks.
That very same day, WikiLeaks started publishing emails stolen from Podesta’s account.
The second cause the communication issues is as a result of it had lengthy been denied by the Trump marketing campaign — on the highest ranges. In an October 14 interview on Fox Information, then-vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was requested this: “WikiLeaks, some have instructed on the left, all this dangerous stuff about Hillary, nothing dangerous about Trump, that your marketing campaign is in cahoots with WikiLeaks.”
Pence replied: “Nothing might be farther from the reality. I feel all of us…