The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe had a scoop to share Monday: reportedly, the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., corresponded with Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign, although it appears that Wikileaks was the party making the most requests.

Pretty much.

In fact, The Atlantic notes that the correspondence was mostly one-sided: it looks like Trump Jr. just wasn’t that into Wikileaks.

The messages … are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.

If anything, the piece makes Wikileaks look bad, and certainly not transparent when it comes to its own wishes.

So, which is it?

Or …

Yes, he was in touch with Wikileaks, but again, Wikileaks comes across almost as pestering Trump Jr. for favors. We imagine we’ll be hearing the word “bombshell” a lot, but those screaming “IMPEACH!” seem to be reading a lot more into the story; that is, if they’ve read it at all.

A few, more realistic takes:

Will this scoop make the jump from The Atlantic to the cable news cycle? It seems unlikely to unseat Roy Moore at the moment.

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Julian Assange responds:

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Donald Trump, Jr. has decided to up the ante by posting copies of the direct messages written about in the piece.


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