The Atlantic found the organization was sending direct messages to Trump Jr.'s Twitter account for 10 months, up until July 2017. But he alerted senior advisers on his father's campaign, including his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to two people familiar with the exchanges. When he first spoke to CNBC about the launch of the site, one day after the WikiLeaks correspondence, he said he funded the site to support original reporting on the relationship between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation, because he felt reporting on the issue lacked continuity and was more like an ice cream "flavor of the day".
"It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is - a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russian Federation".
An FBI, CIA and FBI assessment a year ago concluded that Russian intelligence had given hacked information from the Democratic Party to WikiLeaks. He also has come under scrutiny for agreeing to meet a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower who he was told wanted to provide "dirt" about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on behalf of the Russian Government.
Futerfas didn't say which forum he was referring to, but Trump Jr. was interviewed behind closed doors by Senate Judiciary Committee staff in September.
In the exchanges - some of them around the time that the website was releasing the stolen emails from Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman - WikiLeaks praises his father's positive comments about WikiLeaks and asks Trump Jr.to release his father's tax returns to the site.
He replied the next day saying: "Off the record I don't know who that is, but I'll ask around". Trump Jr. asked during one exchange with the WikiLeaks account on October 3. WikiLeaks added, "Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4", referencing emails from Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.More news: China's e-commerce giants set a new record for Single's Day
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Trump Jr. downplayed the exchanges as he released them. Fifteen minutes later, his father tweeted to his millions of followers: 'Very little pickup by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. "So dishonest! Rigged system!"
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.
The original report by Julia Ioffe in The Atlantic goes into further detail that goes into significant detail on all of this but is far too detailed to be fairly summarized in just a handful of excerpts. Among other reasons, WikiLeaks argued that releasing Trump's financial documents would make the group look more impartial when it leaked more damaging information about Clinton.
Tech entrepreneur Rob Glaser was unwittingly embroiled in the national political discourse this week, when a conversation between WikiLeaks and the president's son was published by The Atlantic.
The messages from WikiLeaks to Trump's oldest son minutes earlier had requested that the presidential candidate tweet out the link to the Clinton campaign emails.
In the messages, he mostly answered contacts from WikiLeaks politely or not at all.
Trump Jr.'s lawyers had released the exchanges to three congressional committees that have been investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and whether there were any links to Trump's campaign.