- During the 2016 presidential campaign season, emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were obtained by Russian hackers and subsequently disseminated by WikiLeaks.
- WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. exchanged several messages during the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Trump praised WikiLeaks, which published damaging leaks related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as US Secretary of State, throughout the campaign.
- The leaked emails have become a central aspect of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference
- Former Trump adviser and longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone was indicted in January by special counsel Robert Mueller in relation to his communications and statements regarding WikiLeaks and the leaked emails.
Following a report that listed several messages in which WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. appeared to contact each other during the 2016 US presidential election, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Trump Jr. addressed the correspondence and even released the alleged messages.
Although the messages in the report suggested a quid-pro-quo relationship between WikiLeaks and Trump Jr., it eventually became clear that regardless of whether Trump Jr. relayed their correspondence to Trump, the campaign used WikiLeaks as a platform to launch attacks against his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
During the 2016 presidential campaign season, emails from the Democratic National Committee and the personal email account of the Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta were obtained by Russian hackers and subsequently disseminated by WikiLeaks.
The leaked emails have become a central aspect of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Roger Stone, longtime GOP strategist and former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, in January was indicted and arrested in relation to his communications and statements on his involvement in the WikiLeaks email dump.
Stone was charged with one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, according to a Justice Department filing from January.
After Assange on Thursday was arrested and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, Trump in the Oval Office said, “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.”
But the president has repeatedly mentioned WikiLeaks in public, often expressing affinity for the organisation and its activities.
Here are a few times Trump mentioned WikiLeaks during his campaign, according to widely available video footage of Trump’s campaign-trail appearances:
- October 10, 2016 in Wilkes-Barre, PA: “This just came out,” Trump said. “WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.”
- October 12, 2016 in Ocala, FL: “This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable,” Trump said. “It tells you the inner heart, you gotta read it.”
- October 13, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH: “It’s been amazing what’s coming out on WikiLeaks.”
- October 31, 2016 in Warren, MI: “Another one came in today,” Trump said. “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove.”
- November 4, 2016 in Wilmington, OH: “Getting off the plane, they were just announcing new WikiLeaks, and I wanted to stay there, but I didn’t want to keep you waiting,” said Trump. “Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.”
Watch a clip here:
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) November 14, 2017
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