Trump Campaign Was Offered WikiLeaks Decryption Key: Report
UPDATE: CNN issued a correction on this story:
This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016.
President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization were reportedly offered a decryption key and a website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents on September 4, 2016.
The email that made the offer was recently provided to congressional investigators.
The email arrived at the Trump Organization one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails, reports CNN.
The email came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks directed messaged Trump Jr. on Twitter. One of those direct messages asked for Assange to be named the Ambassador of Australia.
Multiple sources, including Trump Jr.’s attorney Alan Futerfas, verified the email, which was sent by someone who listed his name as “Mike Erickson.”
Futerfas told CNN:
We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked. We do not know who Mike Erickson is. We have no idea who he is. We never responded to the email.
The White House and WikiLeaks refused to comment, but WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted that the CNN article about WikiLeaks was “not clear what this has to do with @WikiLeaks.”