US President Donald Trump's eldest son exchanged private messages with WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign at the same time the website was publishing hacked emails from Democratic officials, according to correspondence made public today.
Donald Trump Jr did not respond to many of the notes, which were sent using the direct message feature on Twitter.
But he alerted senior advisers on his father's campaign, including his brother‑in‑law Jared Kushner, according to two people familiar with the exchanges.
In the messages, WikiLeaks urged Trump Jr to promote its trove of hacked Democratic emails and suggested that Trump challenge the election results if he did not win, among other ideas.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he could not confirm the messages.
In July 2016, the organisation released thousands of emails that had been stolen from the Democratic National Committee by a cyber‑hack that US intelligence officials concluded was orchestrated by the Russian government.
The newly revealed exchanges provide additional information about the role played by Trump Jr in 2016.
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