Writer Julia Ioffe reports that the correspondence was given to USA lawmakers in Congress investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
November 8, 2016: On Election Day, WikiLeaks wrote to Trump Jr. saying that if Trump lost, it would be "much more interesting" if he didn't concede. And by direct, they mean direct: private direct messages on Twitter. "Disclosures through WikiLeaks did not contain any evident forgeries".
WikiLeaks did not respond to the message, per The Atlantic. Instead, the magazine selectively quoted from them. Following their initial chat, in which WikiLeaks warned Trump Jr. that "anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch", Trump Jr. reportedly alerted, among others, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
"Already did that earlier today", Trump Jr. responded.
At 6:35p.m. on Election Day, when most polls and pundits believed Clinton would win the presidency, WikiLeaks messaged Trump Jr. and suggested that Trump contest the election results, rather than concede.
Trump Jr.at no point rebuffed WikiLeaks' attempts at contact, even though the US intelligence community had already concluded that the organization had published stolen documents and operated on behalf of Russian interests.
"It's unbelievable what she can get away with", he added.
Also at no time did Trump Jr. or any of the above named Trump campaign officials contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as they should have done.
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". In addition, the outlet notes that WikiLeaks also asked Don Jr. if he'd send them his father's tax returns. While running, Donald Trump promised to release his tax records on numerous occasions, though he, of course, never did.
"There's many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows (sic) will find it", WikiLeaks wrote to Trump Jr. two days later. "So dishonest! Rigged system!"
However, the messages do not show that Trump Jr. or anyone else on the Trump campaign had advance knowledge of any of WikiLeaks' plans regarding Democrats' hacked emails. Like this one in December to make Assange the Australian ambassador to the United States.
The secret contact via Twitter began just weeks before the election, with the anti-secrecy organization asking Trump Jr.to promote its documents online while giving the president's eldest son tips that would help the campaign, according to The Atlantic's report. The meeting was brokered by music publicist Rob Goldstone who promised the campaign dirt.