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Collins writes: "In a series of tweets, the organization said that if Trump would not release the information, it would do so on his behalf."

A protester dressed like Donald Duck hands out
A protester dressed like Donald Duck hands out "Trump Ducks" while protesting the president's refusal to release his tax returns. (photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)


WikiLeaks Is on the Hunt for Donald Trump's Tax Returns

By Katie Collins, CNET

23 January 17

 

Hell hath no fury like a whistleblowing organization with a bone to pick.

ikiLeaks smells a Trump scandal brewing.

The whistleblowing organization expressed its annoyance on Sunday that President Donald Trump reneged on his promise to publicly release his tax returns.

In a series of tweets, the organization said that if Trump would not release the information, it would do so on his behalf. His refusal to release years' worth of tax returns, which White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway confirmed on Sunday, was "even more gratuitous than [Hillary] Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts," said one tweet.

The threat capped off a rough first weekend for Trump, who took his oath of office on Friday but enters with the lowest approval ratings for an incoming president. He also faced hundreds of thousands of protestors in Washington, DC, and other cities on Saturday, and at one point lashed out at the demonstrators on Twitter.

Trump's refusal to release his tax documents was a major issue during the 2016 campaign. Now WikiLeaks is threatening to make it an issue again.

It wouldn't be WikiLeaks' first intervention in US presidential matters. The organization played a controversial role in the presidential campaign by leaking emails and other potentially damaging details about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. It downplayed accusations that it was partisan and was trying to influence the outcome of the election, saying it had not received any relevant material pertaining to Trump.

The matter gets even more tangled from there. US intelligence agencies, in their report on Russian meddling in the US election, have said that WikiLeaks got hold of Democratic National Committee emails from Russian hackers.

Now WikiLeaks is actively seeking out Trump-related material, asking anyone privy to the tax returns to submit the documents anonymously. The new US president had promised to release those returns since last May. He claimed at the time that he was being audited and would wait until the after the audit to make the details public.

Trump is the first American president in 40 years not to reveal the extent of his financial interests and obligations.

Conway, speaking on ABC's "This Week," said people didn't care about his tax returns, reiterating a claim Trump has previously made.


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+8 # DongiC 2017-01-23 19:31
Hey, Kathleen, why don't you take a little poll to see what the people want re Trump's tax return. Bet the results will surprise you. And, no alternatives crap. We have had enough of that.
 
 
+16 # Moxa 2017-01-23 21:39
If WikiLeaks actually wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton in favor of Donald Trump, why would it now want to hurt him by releasing his tax returns? It makes no sense that Wikileaks would support Donald Trump. Wikileaks supports the truth, period. It supports people like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and not people like either Trump or Clinton.
 
 
-1 # Auteur47 2017-01-23 23:39
Since when is Julien Assange not on the side of evil? For Wiki to get the goods on Trump will go a long way to rehabilitate Assange's tattered reputation.
Conway and the other Trumpites explain away Trump's failure to release his returns on the grounds that Americans must not care because they voted him into office. Oh? Polls show the opposite. Aside from that are the legal challenges to Trump's multiple conflicts of interest may compel him to cough up the documents.
 
 
+11 # Thomas Martin 2017-01-23 23:42
OK, WikiLeaks! Sometimes when we get sick, our recovery depends on purging ourselves - the same could apply to the National illness we now have caused by our current President.
 
 
+17 # janie1893 2017-01-24 03:14
When a person asks that voters choose him for President and tells us he avoided paying income tax because he is 'smart', he needs to be more forthcoming than he has to date. Paying no income tax seems to me to be very unAmerican!
 
 
+4 # treerapper 2017-01-25 07:56
Especially if you are supposedly filthy rich and have your finger in the Extraction Industry pot which you can now augment with all your Executive decisions.

Trump was in impeachment land on his very first day as he is in direct violation of a whole host of laws.
 
 
+24 # California Neal 2017-01-24 03:43
Of course polling shows that "people" not caring about Trump's tax returns is yet another lie by Trump & his spokespeople. Polls show that the American people overwhelmingly want those returns released.

Although the election came & went without this potentially critical info, the need for it is still, or again, intense. We have Trump's refusal to divest, & the Russian intervention in the election on behalf of Trump, as new reasons that the American public absolutely must have this information.
 
 
+23 # Carol R 2017-01-24 05:20
"Conway, speaking on ABC's "This Week," said people didn't care about his tax returns, reiterating a claim Trump has previously made."

I'm part of the public and am very anxious to find out what Trump is hiding. I'm sure there will be a public outrage. Good luck to WikiLeaks to find this information.
 
 
+6 # RLF 2017-01-24 05:34
Assange trying to redeem himself?
 
 
+11 # maverita 2017-01-24 07:16
oh we care. those of us who still have functioning brains and critical thinking. i would also like to see those out takes from the Apprentice where donald disrespects everyone, maybe even footage of his
forcing himself on young women. wish wiki had done this ahead of the election. now even if we impeach him we are stuck with Pence. and if we get rid of both we end up with P Ryan. but I still want the truth. just not thrilled with wiki's assistance to getting Trump elected.
 
 
+9 # kreutzersonata 2017-01-24 07:23
Nothing would redeem WikiLeaks like this revelation.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2017-01-24 17:00
They don't need redeeming. They didn't release anything on Trump because no one sent them anything that wasn't already on public record. If someone gives them something they will release it.
 
 
+4 # Texas Aggie 2017-01-24 08:17
If they do that, it will go a long way toward corroborating their claim that they were impartial in the election, especially if they show wrongdoing by drumpf.
 
 
+2 # RMF 2017-01-24 11:39
Where was wikileaks when we needed them, back before Nov 8. While I am all for disclosure of the Trump tax returns by any peaceful means whatsoever, it is much too late for any kind of redemption for wikileaks. The partisan role played by wikileaks on Trump's behalf was both despicable and unjust.
 
 
+9 # Salus Populi 2017-01-24 12:06
If Wikileaks can't get the returns, perhaps Anonymous can find them. An organization that routinely hacks governments' computers ought to be able to penetrate the IRS. Wikileaks is generally a recipient and processor of leaked documents and hacks, not a hacker itself. Anonymous, on the other hand, makes its mark by being hacktivists that cannot be kept out of any part of cyberspace they choose to go.
 

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