Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Research | By Clarence Powell

Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public

Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public

The emailed offer, which has been obtained by CBS News, was dated September 14 and was for a decryption key and website address providing access through WikiLeaks for hacked the documents. He was suspended after he erroneously reported that Michael Flynn had ben directed to contact the Russians by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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.

CNN issued a major correction to a bombshell Trump-Russia story.

The contents of Powell's emails were published by DC Leaks - which security experts claim is connected to the Russian government - just 10 days after they were offered to then-candidate Donald Trump's eldest son.

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, downplayed any connection to the email, tweeting, "It's not clear what this has to do with @wikileaks". But this just highlights the dangers of relying on second-hand information, and should make readers question the next anonymously sourced story they see.

Although, point of clarification, CNN only corrected the story and has not apologized or disciplined their reporters as of this posting. All of this information was public and it was The Washington Post who reported on this trip up.

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CNN's report, though flawed, adds to previous reporting by the Atlantic that WikiLeaks called Trump Jr.'s attention to some of its disclosures through private Twitter exchanges and offered advice during and after the campaign.

It was corrected to say that the email was actually sent on September 14, one day after WikiLeaks made the documents public.

The existence of the email was first reported by CNN on Friday. "The email was not sent until 10 days later, after the Wikileaks documents were already public".

CNN initially reported that the email arrived on September 4 - the first day that Trump Jr. tweeted about Wikileaks and Hillary Clinton's emails.

The date matters. CNN's report indicated that the Trump campaign had been fed hacked email files belonging to the Democratic National Committee and former secretary of state Colin Powell more than a week before the files were released publicly.

CBS News published a photo of the email - which did not include any information on the date it was sent. The DNC files shared with Trump Jr. via a link and a "decryption key" on September 14, 2016, had been posted online and advertised on Twitter by WikiLeaks the day before. Trump began touting how much the media has been apologizing for fake news.

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