Trump Jr. was repeatedly contacted by the shadowy organization in an attempt to have Trump help spread WikiLeaks documents across the web, according to The Atlantic magazine.
Trump Jr. sent at least three direct messages, or DMs, to WikiLeaks. "Hi Don if your father "loses" we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred-as he has implied that he might do", they wrote.
After Donald Trump proclaimed, "I love WikiLeaks!" during an October 10th campaign rally, WikiLeaks messaged Trump Jr: "Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications". "It's fantastic what she can get away with", Trump Jr. reportedly replied.
Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, "What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?" So, there's some Russia-related business at hand, if The Atlantic report is true.
The messages between Trump Jr. "The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC", WikiLeaks allegedly wrote. They show that, in addition to giving Trump Jr. a link to stolen emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign, WikiLeaks asked him to investigate an anti-Trump PAC, and encouraged Trump to contest the election results if he lost. The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were given to Congress as part on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged attempt to influence the US election, and show the organization telling Trump Jr. that his father - then president-elect - should push Australia to make Assange its USA ambassador.
In return for supplying Trump Jr. with information, Wikileaks made a series of bold, and increasingly freaky requests. Trump jnr did not respond.
Per Ioffe, the correspondence between Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks begins with a Twitter DM the group sent him on September 20, 2016. The messages were given to congressional investigators probing whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
The reason this is important is because the beating heart of the Russian meddling investigation is whether or not the Trump campaign was involved in hacks of the Clinton camp's emails, including John Podesta, who was then the chairman of Clinton's presidential campaign.