Donald Trump tweeted about Wikileaks 15 minutes after son’s secret messages with hackers Emerges

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Donald Trump's son was in secret contact with Wikileaks during the 2016 election campaign, it emerged last night.

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Trump Jnr, 39, exchanged private messages on Twitter with the hacking organisation founded by Julian Assange between September last year and July 2017.

Wikileaks has been accused of aiding Russia by publishing information damaging to the US and its allies and playing a key role in attempts to influence last year's election.

A committee investigating Russian meddling received files which confirm the correspondence between Trump Jnr and Wikileaks, the Atlantic reports.

He often ignored the hackers' frequent requests for information, but in on at least one occasion, he promised to "ask around".

Donald Trump tweeted about Wikileaks minutes after his son received a direct message
Julian Assange (Image: PA)

And on the day Wikileaks first made contact, Trump Jnr emailed senior colleagues from the Trump campaign including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushne to let them know.

Kushner then forwarded the email to head of campaign communications Hope Hicks.

According to the Atlantic, Trump Jnr made no attempt to reject the contact from Wikileaks over a period of ten months.

On October 12 last year, Wikileaks asked if Donald Trump would tweet a link to their trove of documents stolen from John Podesta, then-chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, so that his followers could dig through and find damaging stories.

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