WikiLeaks wanted Donald Trump to suggest Julian Assange be Australia's ambassador in Washington

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:58:30 AM. WikiLeaks Twitter account asked for the US President to heap praise on Julian Assange.
Photo: The WikiLeaks Twitter account was allegedly in contact with Donald Trump Jr from September 2016. (Reuters/AP) WikiLeaks wanted Donald Trump to heap praise on Julian Assange in order to pressure Australia to "stop ingratiating itself" with Hillary Clinton, according to private Twitter messages made public by the US President's son. Donald Trump Jr tweeted images of private direct messages between himself and the WikiLeaks Twitter account in response to an earlier report from the The Atlantic. External Link: @DonaldTrumpJr: Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 Photo: An image tweeted by Donald Trump Jr appearing to show private conversations with the WikiLeaks Twitter account. Among the messages was a request for the US President to suggest that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be made Australian ambassador to the US. According to the text of the message released by Mr Trump Jr, Wikileaks wrote: "In relation to Mr. Assange: Obama/Clinton placed pressure on Sweden, UK and Australia (his home country) to illicitly go after Mr. Assange. It would be real easy and helpful for your dad to suggest that Australia appoint Assange ambassador to [Washington,] DC." The WikiLeaks Twitter account then suggests how the then president-elect could announce the move: "'That's a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!'...Read more
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