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Trump campaign was offered access to WikiLeaks documents

Trump campaign was offered access to WikiLeaks documents

The revelation was made in an email given to congressional investigators looking into Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Again, CNN notes that no one knows if a "legitimate" offer or encryption key existed within the email, which was also sent to Donald Trump himself and some other Trump Organization figures.

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.

CNN reports that Trump's company received an email last September which contained a decryption key and website address that allowed them to view WikiLeak's trove of hacked information.

He released direct messages on Twitter he had exchanged with Wikileaks after a report from The Atlantic magazine brought the communications to light. Trump Jr. told congressional investigators he did not remember receiving the email.

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There is no indication whether any of the recipients acted on the email.

Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, told CNN that his client said he had no recollection of the email and took no action on it.

This person addressed the email to Mr Trump Jr, his personal assistant, and Mr Trump - who has famously said he does not use email. The White House did not respond to requests for comment, and efforts to reach WikiLeaks for comment were unsuccessful.

Those direct messages were sent just before the USA intelligence community assessed that Russian Federation had been behind the hacks at the Democratic National Committee and was leaking that information through WikiLeaks and a hacker identified as Guccifer 2.0. The idea is that WikiLeaks posts a data file on the Internet, but it is encrypted and impossible to open without the key.

According to CNN, this latest correspondence between WikiLeaks and Trump's team came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks first messaged Trump Jr. on Twitter.


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