(CNN) You will find a world wide web of connections between your Trump marketing campaign, the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks and the public disclosures it injected in to the presidential campaign. Federal investigators are examining some of these human relationships and whether some of them were component of an attempt to coordinate with Russia’s election-meddling efforts.
On Monday, it had been revealed that Donald Trump Jr. exchanged some non-public communications on Twitter with WikiLeaks through the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. The news was initially reported by The Atlantic and in the future verified by Trump Jr., who posted screenshots of the communications.
A source familiar with the problem told CNN that Congress has known about these messages for some time and they came up during Trump Jr.’s closed-door testimony in September.
The messages present that WikiLeaks reached out frequently to Trump Jr., who is merely known to have replied on two events. Trump Jr.’s last response to WikiLeaks was in October 2016, though the WikiLeaks account continued its outreach until July 2017, in line with the messages he released.
That being said, little or nothing happens in a vacuum, and while these communications were exchanged, WikiLeaks was busy releasing hacked products. And all the while, Russian President Vladimir Putin was directing an procedure to interfere in the US election, in line with the US intelligence community.
Here is a timeline using what we realize about Trump Jr.’s exchanges with WikiLeaks, the purpose WikiLeaks played, relevant public statements from the Trump marketing campaign, and much more.
July 2015 — Russian hackers breach DNC systems
Hackers doing work for Russian intelligence providers “gained access to” the Democratic National Committee’s computer networks within the Kremlin’s marketing campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential race, in line with the US intelligence community assessment that was first published after the election.
March 2016 — Another band of Russian hackers breach DNC systems
Another band of Russian hackers — separate from the group that hacked the DNC on 2015 — breached the DNC’s personal computers, according to a All of us intelligence report published after the election. The US intelligence community says Russian intelligence related stolen products from the DNC to WikiLeaks for general public release.
CNN reported this season that Russia gave WikiLeaks the email messages through an intermediary.
March 19, 2016 — Russian hackers gain access to Podesta’s emails
Russian hackers gained access to Clinton marketing campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal Gmail bill by sending a phishing email. The US intelligence community determined in early 2017 that Russian intelligence in the future gave WikiLeaks hacked email messages from Democratic “political figures,” an oblique mention of Podesta. CNN reported this season that Russia gave WikiLeaks the emails through an intermediary.
April 26, 2016 — Papadopoulos learns that Russians have Clinton emails
Trump marketing campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has breakfast in London with a professor who says he has simply just returned from meetings in Moscow with high-level Russian officials who say to have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and “thousands” of her emails, according to court filings
June 2016 — Cambridge Analytica CEO emails WikiLeaks
Cambridge Analytica, a info analytics firm, started doing work for Trump over the summer of 2016. Some participants of Cambridge Analytica personnel were integrated in the Trump campaign’s data procedure group. Alexander Nix, the chief executive of data company Cambridge Analytica, emailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looking for access to emails from Clinton’s non-public server hence he could switch them into a searchable database for the marketing campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee. There is no data that Clinton’s deleted email messages were ever before hacked or that WikiLeaks ever had possession of them.
June 9, 2016 — The Trump Tower meeting
Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-regulation Jared Kushner, and Trump’s then-marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort attended a private getting together with at Trump Tower with a Russian attorney and others. The achieving was organized after Trump Jr. was promised damaging data on Hillary Clinton.
June 15, 2016 — DNC claims it had been hacked by Russian intelligence
The DNC and CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm it hired to investigate the breaches, revealed publicly for the very first time that its servers were penetrated. CrowdStrike explained it “identified two superior adversaries on the network” that were connected with Russian intelligence services.
Trump dismissed the notion that Russia was behind the hacks, saying “we believe it had been the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many problems facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party head. Too negative the DNC doesn’t hack Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails.”
July 22, 2016 — WikiLeaks releases about 20,000 hacked DNC emails
WikiLeaks posted on it has the website practically 20,000 emails that were stolen from the DNC servers. A lot of the email messages were delivered by senior DNC officials. A few of the email messages suggested that the DNC favored Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries, leading to allegations that the primary was rigged.
July 25, 2016 — Trump says it’s a ‘joke’ that Russia hacked the DNC
Trump weighed in on the DNC leaks, saying on Twitter : “The brand new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, that ought to never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me.”
July 26, 2016 — NYT reports that the united states believes Russia hacked the DNC
THE BRAND NEW York Times published a report that claimed US intelligence agencies told the Light House that they were highly confident that the Russian government was accountable for hacking the DNC. This is the first public survey suggesting that the US government agreed with the DNC’s assessment.
July 27, 2016 — Trump publicly asks Russia to hack Clinton’s deleted emails
At a news meeting , Trump publicly called on the Russian authorities to hack Clinton’s private email server and reveal the deleted email messages. Trump’s campaign later explained his comment was a tale.
“If it’s Russia — which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it really is — but if it’s Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, since it shows how little respect they have for our country, if they would hack into a major get together and get everything,” Trump said. “Nonetheless it would be interesting to look at — I will let you know this — Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 email messages that are missing. I think you will probably become rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s look at if that happens. That’ll be next.”
August 8, 2016 — Roger Rock says he was in touch with Assange
Throughout a speech in Florida , previous Trump marketing campaign adviser Roger Rock claimed to be in contact with Assange and predicted upcoming WikiLeaks releases: “I actually have communicated with Assange. I really believe the next tranche of his docs pertain to the Clinton Base but there’s no showing what the October surprise could be.” He in the future clarified that while he was in touch with Assange, it arrived through an intermediary.
August 14-17, 2016 — Rock exchanges messages with Russian hackers
Rock exchanged direct Twitter communications with Guccifer 2.0, a good self-proclaimed hacker who published stolen products from the DNC previously in the summer. (These DNC releases were separate from the DNC email messages posted by WikiLeaks.) The Twitter messages were about the contents of a number of the stolen DNC products that Guccifer posted online previously that summer. Rock denies any wrongdoing or collusion.
Months after these Twitter communications, the US intelligence community announced that Guccifer 2.0 was actually go by Russian intelligence operatives within the Kremlin’s effort to meddle in the election.
August 21, 2016 — Rock predicts upcoming trouble for Podesta
Without specifically referencing email messages, Stone predicts that Podesta will be in warm water. “Trust me, it’ll soon the Podesta’s amount of time in the barrel,” he tweeted. Stone in the future claimed that he wasn’t discussing the upcoming WikiLeaks releases but was alluding to an expose he was thinking about his own.
September 9, 2016 — Rock exchanges more communications with Russian hackers
Rock exchanged direct Twitter communications with Guccifer 2.0. The emails were about the contents of some publicly unveiled DNC materials. Rock denies any wrongdoing or collusion.
September 16, 2016 — Rock predicts WikiLeaks will release Clinton emails
Stone says in a good radio interview that WikiLeaks might release new Clinton email messages. “I expect Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks people to drop a payload of latest docs on Hillary on a weekly basis fairly before long. And that, of training course, will answer the question of exactly what was erased on that email server.”
September 21, 2016 — WikiLeaks and Trump Jr. exchange non-public messages on Twitter
WikiLeaks reached out to Don Jr. right before midnight on September 20, 2016, concerning an anti-Trump site that it explained was about to start. WikiLeaks guessed the password and shared it with Trump Jr., who replied, “Away the record I don’t know who that is but I’ll ask around. Thanks.”
September 21, 2016 — Trump Jr. emails senior marketing campaign officials about WikiLeaks
Trump Jr. emailed several senior Trump marketing campaign officials notifying them that WikiLeaks got reached out, in line with the Atlantic . The e-mail was delivered to Trump’s son-in-regulation Jared Kushner, then-marketing campaign manger Kellyanne Conway, then-marketing campaign CEO Steve Bannon and Brad Parscale, who ran the campaign’s data procedure. Kushner as well forwarded the email to Hope Hicks, the communications aide who’s now White Property communications director, in line with the Atlantic.
October 2, 2016 — Rock alludes to potential WikiLeaks releases
Stone seemed to predict that WikiLeaks would before long post damaging materials about Clinton. He posted: “Wednesday @HillaryClinton is performed. #WikiLeaks.” Little or nothing materialized on the date Stone referred to, but two days in the future, WikiLeaks began releasing Podesta’s emails.
October 3, 2016 — Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks exchange more private messages on Twitter
WikiLeaks sent a link about Clinton criticizing Assange to Trump Jr., requesting him to talk about it. Trump Jr. replies: “Already did that earlier today. It’s amazing what she can get apart with.” In a good follow-up message, Trump Jr. asks, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I maintain hearing about?” WikiLeaks will not respond to his concern, which seems to reference Stone’s content from your day earlier about upcoming releases.
October 5, 2016 — Rock says “payload returning” from WikiLeaks
“Libs thinking Assange will stand down happen to be wishful thinking. Payload arriving,” Rock tweeted, two times before WikiLeaks started out releasing a large number of emailed hacked from Podesta’s email account.
October 7, 2016 — US formally blames Russia for DNC hacks
The government broke its silence about the DNC hack. ANY OFFICE of the Director of National Cleverness, which oversees the complete US intelligence community, announced that the Russian authorities was behind the hacked email messages released by WikiLeaks.
“The US Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Authorities directed the new compromises of e-mails from US people and institutions, including from US political businesses,” the statement said, adding that disclosures on WikiLeaks were consistent with Russian methods.
October 7, 2016 — WikiLeaks commences releasing Podesta emails
Shortly after the announcement blaming Russia for the DNC hacks, WikiLeaks started out posting a large number of emails stolen from Podesta’s Gmail account. WikiLeaks went on release a new Podesta email messages on a near-daily basis, creating waves of unfavorable headlines for the Clinton marketing campaign in the closing weeks of the election. Trump regularly cited the most recent Podesta releases during marketing campaign rallies in October and November. The government in the future said Russia was accountable for the hacks.
October 10, 2016 — Trump says “I really like WikiLeaks”
At a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump expressed his admiration for the anti-secrecy website that was publishing dirt on his Democratic opponent, expressing “This just came out. WikiLeaks! I really like WikiLeaks.”
October 11, 2016 — Trump encourages people to read WikiLeaks
Trump tweets about WikiLeaks: “I hope people are looking at the disgraceful patterns of Hillary Clinton due to exposed by WikiLeaks. She actually is unfit to run.”
October 11, 2016 — Trump Jr. speaks at evening meal for Russia-friendly organization
Trump Jr. flew to France and spoke at a evening meal hosted by the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, in line with the Wall Road Journal . The paper reported that Trump Jr. was payed for the speaking engagement. The believe container was founded by Fabien Baussart. He and his wife, Randa Kassis, hosted the event Trump Jr. attended in Paris. She qualified prospects a Moscow-endorsed Syrian opposition group and has met with various senior Russian officials. In December 2016, the believe container nominated Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 12, 2016 — WikiLeaks asks Trump Jr. to tweet about their latest releases
WikiLeaks sent a note to Trump Jr., which said: “Hey Donald, superb to see your father discussing our publications. Strongly advise your father tweet this link if he mentions us,” the message explained, along with an obscure domain that likely hosted an archive of the most recent WikiLeaks releases. The website is now offline. Trump Jr. didn’t answer the message.
October 12, 2016 — Trump says WikiLeaks isn’t finding enough coverage
Trump tweets : “Hardly any pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible data provided by WikiLeaks. Thus dishonest! Rigged system!”
October 14, 2016 — Trump Jr. tweets the hyperlink that WikiLeaks gave him
Trump Jr. tweeted out the hyperlink that WikiLeaks had delivered to him two times earlier via private message. His tweet said : “For those who have the time to learn about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are the following”
October 14, 2016 — Pence denies coordination around Trump campaign and WikiLeaks
Then-Governor Mike Pence, Trump’s performing mate at the time, gave an interview on Fox Information and denied that the Trump marketing campaign was coordinating with WikiLeaks. “WikiLeaks, some have suggested on the still left all this bad stuff about Hillary, nothing bad about Trump, that your marketing campaign is in cahoots with WikiLeaks,” said the Fox Information host. Pence replied, “Little or nothing could possibly be further from the reality. I think most of us have, you know, have had concerns about WikiLeaks over time and it’s really just a fact of American lifestyle today, and of lifestyle in the wider world.” Responding to reports about Trump Jr.’s communications, a Pence spokesman explained Mon that he was “never aware of anyone linked to the campaign being in touch with WikiLeaks.”
October 21, 2016 — WikiLeaks asks Trump Jr. to leak his father’s tax returns
WikiLeaks asks Don Jr. to leak a few of Trump’s tax returns with their organization hence that they may be released on a friendly platform, in line with the private communications unveiled by Trump Jr. WikiLeaks as well said that undertaking this might help discredit people accusing WikiLeaks of being “pro-Trump” and “pro-Russia” supply. Trump Jr. will not reply.
November 8, 2016 — WikiLeaks tells Trump Jr. that Trump should not concede if he loses
WikiLeaks tells Don Jr. that Trump should contest the election and declare that it had been rigged if he will not succeed. This messaging is consistent with the Russian government’s posturing around enough time of the election, regarding t o the survey released by the united states intelligence community in January 2017. The report said: “Before the election, Russian diplomats got publicly denounced the united states electoral procedure and were ready to publicly phone into concern the validity of the benefits. Pro-Kremlin bloggers had ready a Twitter marketing campaign, #DemocracyRIP, on election evening in anticipation of Secretary Clinton’s triumph, judging from their cultural media activity.”
November 10, 2016 — Hicks denies any marketing campaign contacts with foreign entities
A Russian diplomat says that some Russians were in touch with Trump’s associates through the marketing campaign. In response, Hope Hicks, then a spokeswoman for the Trump changeover, issued a blanket denial: “We are not aware of any marketing campaign representatives that were in touch with any international entities before yesterday, when Mr. Trump spoke with various world leaders,” she informed the New York Times . She as well informed the AP : “It never happened. There was no communication between your campaign and any international entity through the campaign.”
December 18, 2016 — Conway denies marketing campaign contacts with Russians
Kellyanne Conway denies any call between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia in an interview with CBS Information’ John Dickerson
DICKERSON: Fine. We are not going to get any insight in to the president-elect’s thinking below, but let me try out this. Did anyone involved in the Trump marketing campaign have any connection with Russians hoping to meddle with the election?
CONWAY: Absolutely not. And I talked about that with the president-elect just yesterday evening. Those conversations never happened. I hear people saying it like it’s a fact on tv set. That is just not merely inaccurate and false, but it’s dangerous.