Don’t Forget the Other Trump Campaign Wikileaks Contacts
Yesterday, The Atlantic reported on previously unknown conversations between Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign. This is the fourth known case of someone close to the campaign being in contact with the group that Trump’s own CIA director, Mike Pompeo described saying: “It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is – a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”
Other points of contact between the Trump Campaign and Wikileaks include:
- Roger Stone: Throughout August 2016, Roger Stone was reportedly in contact with both Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, a Russian hacker who claimed credit for the DNC hack and is believed to have been a member of the group that hacked the emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. Stone not only repeatedly claimed to be in contact with Assange but also alluded on multiple occasions to the contents of emails that would not be released until months later.
- Cambridge Analytica: In late July 2016, a Cambridge Analytica employee informed Rebekah Mercer via email that he had reached out to Julian Assange about tracking down emails deleted from Clinton’s servers.
- Nigel Farage: According to the Guardian, Nigel Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), unofficial Trump advisor and campaign surrogate, is a “person of interest” in the counter-intelligence investigation into collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump presidential campaign because of his relationship Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder whom Farage visited in March. According to the Guardian, “Farage has not been accused of wrongdoing and is not a suspect or a target of the U.S. investigation.”