Well, that didn’t last long. The Washington Post is now reporting that the email cited by CNN was sent on September 14, not September 4 as CNN originally reported. The timing is significant because it means the WikiLeaks documents in question were already public when the email was sent, which could indicate that the sender was simply trying to point them out. Read WaPo‘s new revelations here.
CNN has issued a correction, noting the date change.
CORRECTION: Email to Trump and Trump Jr. from individual offering Wikileaks documents came Sept. 14 — not Sept. 4 — as we reported earlier. Email pointed to docs Trump camp could get publicly. https://t.co/4FOdCebgQL
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 8, 2017
In the lead-up to the presidential election last year, someone sent an email to then-candidate Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and other members of the Trump camp offering documents from WikiLeaks.
That’s according to sources cited by CNN today. The revelation raises the question of whether WikiLeaks made additional efforts to try to contact the Trump campaign outside of the communications already known to have taken place between Trump Jr. and the organization.
It’s unclear whether the sender actually had access to WikiLeaks documents. The email reportedly offered a website address and decryption key. Per CNN, a lawyer for Trump Jr. said he has no recollection of receiving the email and did not act on it.
Read the full report here.