Email shows effort to give Trump camp Wikileaks documents

NATION-NOW     Trump and son Trump Jr. received email offering Wiki Leaks documents report     
       Trump Trump Jr. received email offering Wiki Leaks docs

However, the "most trusted name in news" got the date of an email wrong, which was central to the narrative of their story.

As The Post's Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger noted in their report on the correct date of the email, "the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available".

CNN added that the email "indicated that the Trump campaign could access records from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose hacked emails were made public by a Russian front group 10 days later".

An email sent to President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. before the 2016 election included a decryption key for hacked documents that the website WikiLeaks had made public a day earlier. That development, too, had been publicly reported earlier that day. CNN has purported Wikileaks to be an arm of the Kremlin, so finally, there was some allusion to collusion? CNN devoted multiple segments to discussing it on air.

The full email - which was first described to CNN as being sent on September 4, 10 days earlier - indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available. "The email was not sent until 10 days later, after the Wikileaks documents were already public". "Did you see all the corrections the media's been making?". Furthermore, it seems that the email's author, Michael J. Erickson, doesn't work with WikiLeaks at all. CNN reported that congressional investigators are not certain who Erickson is. However, the email in question was actually sent on Sep. Asked about possible disciplinary measures, a CNN source responded, "There will not be any disciplinary action taken because every procedure put in place as part of the editorial process was followed". In a series of tweets, he characterized the story as fake news and went after the credibility of the network.


Powell's leaked emails were sent not only to Trump Jr. but also to his father, at an email account he reportedly rarely uses. Lieu has since deleted that tweet.

More important, the later date means that the email did not provide the Trump campaign with early access to WikiLeaks documents, after all.

As it turns out, the email was dated September 14.

Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016.

Trump reiterated his call for people to sue ABC News over the report, which reportedly led to a significant dive in the stock market. This story completely flipped and is dead. "Rather than correct or retract it, they pretend it's a developing story". The network claims that the story they ran was based on two sources who saw the email - they write that the document was provided to "congressional investigators", so there's a pretty good chance that their sources were a pair of congressional staffers.

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