- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange claimed he tried to persuade Donald Trump Jr. into publishing his email correspondence with British publicist Rob Goldstone before the eldest Trump son tweeted them out himself Tuesday morning.

“Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us). Two hours later, does it himself,” Mr. Assange tweeted to his 263,000 followers Tuesday afternoon, The Hill first reported.

“I argued that his enemies have it — so why not the public?” he wrote in a series of subsequent tweets. “His enemies will just milk isolated phrases for weeks or months with their own context, spin and according to their own strategic timetable. Better to be transparent and have the full context but would have been safer for us to publish it anonymously sourced. By publishing it himself it is easier to submit as evidence.”

The younger Mr. Trump on Tuesday released the entire email chain between himself and Mr. Goldstone that arranged a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who, according to Mr. Goldstone, offered “very high level and sensitive information” about Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government’s “support” for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. 

Trump Jr. said nothing came of the meeting, but the revelation ramped up allegations from Democratic lawmakers that associates of President Trump may have colluded with the Russian government to influence the U.S. election.

President Trump came to his eldest son’s defense later Tuesday, saying he is a “high-quality” and transparent person.

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