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WaPo Refutes CNN Report About Trump Jr. Emails

CNN originally reported that the Trumps had known about the Wikileaks documents before they became public, but that turned out not to be true.

By NTK Staff | 12.08.2017 @5:00pm
WaPo Refutes CNN Report About Trump Jr. Emails

The Washington Post called out a false report from CNN about emails regarding possible Trump team contacts with Wikileaks on Friday. CNN had originally reported that Donald Trump, Jr. had received advance warning of a Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

But, as Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger write in the Post, that turns out to be false:

The email — sent the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2016 — noted that “Wikileaks has uploaded another (huge 678 mb) archive of files from the DNC” and included a link and a “decryption key,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.

The writer, who said his name was Michael J. Erickson and described himself as the president of an aviation management company, sent the message to the then-Republican nominee as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and other top advisers.

The day before, WikiLeaks had tweeted links to what the group said was 678.4 megabytes of DNC documents.

CNN reported earlier in the day that the email had been sent on September 4, ten days earlier. Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb implied in the story that the Trump campaign had received a damning connection to Wikileaks, considered a front for Russian intelligence:

The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race — on the same day that Trump Jr. first tweeted about WikiLeaks and Clinton.

“WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton Sent THOUSANDS of Classified Cables Marked “(C)” for Confidential,” he tweeted, sharing a story from the Gateway Pundit, a conservative, pro-Trump website.

The email came two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails. It arrived less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter.

But CNN got its timeline wrong, according to the Post. Trump Jr. blamed Congressional Democrats for leaking false information to further their Russian collusion narrative.

CNN later issued a correction:

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