Wikileaks contacted Trump Jr. for the first time in September 2016 and continued reaching out in Twitter messages until at least July 2017, the Atlantic reported last week.
After receiving a private message from @Wikileaks, an account presumably controlled by Assange, Trump Jr. then emailed other senior officials from the Trump campaign such as Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, as well as President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to notify them Wikileaks had reached out.
On Oct. 12, 2016, the Wikileaks account again messaged Trump Jr.
“Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications.” (At a rally on October 10, Donald Trump had proclaimed, “I love Wikileaks!”)
Nine days later, the voice of Wikileaks made an offer.
“Hey Don. We have an unusual idea,” Wikileaks wrote. “Leak us one or more of your father’s tax returns.”
The New York Times had already published a fragment of Trump’s tax returns on October 1.
“If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality,” Assange’s account continued. “That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russia’ source.”