Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

WikiLeaks info email sent to Trumps

WikiLeaks info email sent to Trumps

Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others at the Trump Organization received an email on September 4, last year, that offered a decryption key and web address to view the documents, CNN reports.

The timeline in this story is especially important, because Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks are both huge parts of the investigation into Russia's hacking of the election.

"They apologized! Oh, thank you CNN", he said.

"The full email-which was first described to CNN as being sent on September 4, 10 days earlier-indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available", the Post wrote.

Following CNN's blockbuster, the Washington Post published its own report on the email indicated that it was actually sent ten days later on September 14th and that CNN got the date wrong in its reporting. The email offered a decryption key and web address for a cache of hacked documents WikiLeaks possessed.

It tweeted this retreat: CNN's initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect. In fact, the email was sent to Trump and his son on September 14, 2016, the day after WikiLeaks had released the documents publicly on its website and Twitter account.

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It also noted that on the same day, Donald Jr. began tweeting about WikiLeaks and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE. Except. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that the email was actually dated September 14, 2016, and that it "indicates that the writer [identified as Michael Erickson] may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available".

The president then referred to ABC's Brian Ross, who was suspended last week after inaccurately reporting that former national security adviser Michael Flynn said he would testify that Trump directed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign, as a "fraudster".

By the time of the corrections, numerous liberal pundits and politicians, and others critical of Trump, had already seized on the CNN story as evidence that Trump colluded with the Russian government in 2016.

Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the email, but it was described to CNN by multiple sources and its existence was verified by Trump Jr.'s attorney. Cue the walk-back. No scandal here. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted the email was not sent by his organization.

CNN earlier this year forced the resignation of three staffers over a retracted report about Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci. They should have fired him for what he wrote.

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