WikiLeaks and the Trump Campaign: Another Tree in the Forest

By John Sipher

John Sipher worked for the CIA’s clandestine service for 28 years. He is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment. John served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, and in high-threat environments. He is the recipient of CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

The revelation that Donald Trump Jr. was in contact with WikiLeaks throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is just the latest in a long catalog of leaks and discoveries about previously hidden contacts between surrogates of both the Trump campaign and Russia.

A media frenzy naturally follows each new disclosure, as observers look to dissect the details in a search for greater meaning. Each piece of correspondence is analyzed, placed in a timeline and parsed for relevance. What does it tell us about possible collusion?

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