Email shows effort to give Trump camp Wikileaks documents


Just last week, ABC News reporter Brian Ross committed a similar error when he incorrectly reported that Trump directed former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russians during Trump's candidacy; actually, Trump's direction came while he was president-elect.

Both CNN and ABC have both had to issue corrections for misleading and false reporting.

Today, it was CNNs turn to bungle a “bombshell” concerning the Trump campaign and Wikileaks. For example, WikiLeaks tipped off Trump the launch of a political-action website opposing his father and provided a link, which Trump Jr. tweeted, that highlighted "many great stories the press are missing" in the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, downplayed any connection to the email, tweeting, "It's not clear what this has to do with @wikileaks".

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

A Washington Post story may have nullified the central bombshell of an earlier CNN report. 14, 2016. Since the hacked documents were public by then, the email is much less of a smoking gun indicating collusion between Trump officials and WikiLeaks. A network spokesperson said that as soon as the network had reviewed its reporting and independently confirmed that the story was wrong, it moved to correct it. CBS News also corrected its story. CNN later corrected their story to note the email had been sent on September 14. "Did you see all the corrections the media's been making?".

The email - sent the afternoon of September 14, 2016 - noted that "Wikileaks has uploaded another (huge 678 mb) archive of files from the DNC" and included a link and a "decryption key", according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.

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CNN issued a correction and a statement on Friday afternoon.

In the final months before the 2016 USA election, Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump, Jr, both received an email containing a link and "decryption key" for Wikileaks files, CNN reported.

Before the correction, the story - which relied on multiple sources who described the email to CNN - had been heavily promoted by the network.

CBS News published a photo of the email - which did not include any information on the date it was sent. As The Washington Post noted in their report, the hacked emails offered to the Trump campaign were already public on September 14; they were published only a day earlier.

Then-candidate Donald Trump and others in his company were offered access to hacked WikiLeaks documents during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report. So a Trump supporter was simply trying to call the Trump campaign's attention to publicly-available documents. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email in question, which CNN did not have, and reported it was sent on the afternoon of September 14 - 10 days after CNN had reported it was sent.

This person addressed the email to Mr Trump Jr, his personal assistant, and Mr Trump - who has famously said he does not use email.