Trump Campaign Received Early Access To Hacked Docs

Trump Campaign Received Early Access To Hacked Docs

Then-candidate Donald Trump and others in his company were offered access to hacked WikiLeaks documents during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report.

CNN reported on Friday morning that someone sent an email directly to President Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and others in the Trump organization in September 2016, offering them access to a website where hacked Wikileaks documents were stored. It's been widely reported that the DNC emails were released as a result of a hack, though some reports have argued it could have been an insider leak.

Mr Trump Jr, according to sources who spoke to CNN, said the messages he shared were akin to speaking to any major media outlet.

The email was provided to investigators working on the Congressional inquiry into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials during the 2016 United States election.

Still, the email indicates that its sender was able to obtain email addresses for Trump Jr., his personal assistant, as well as an address believed to be tied to Trump himself. Congressional investigators are working to verify the sender's identity and determine what, if any, is his affiliation with WikiLeaks.


FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Donald Trump Jr.is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in NY.

Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas told the news station his client did not remember the message, nor did he take any action on it.

"We have no idea who he is", Futerfas said. It was purportedly sent by someone listed as "Mike Erickson". "We never responded to the email".

After CNN's story published, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted that it was "not clear what this has to do with @WikiLeaks". "Many enthusiastic readers emailed around archives of our publications during the election".

The use of a website and decryption key as a means to provide information aligns with past WikiLeaks practices.

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