Paul Manafort 'visited Julian Assange' at London embassy

28 November, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Report: Paul Manafort Met With Julian Assange Months Before WikiLeaks Published DNC Emails

"I have no idea if Paul Manafort met with Julian Assange".

A British newspaper alleges that Paul Manafort secretly met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London within days or weeks of being brought aboard Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

According to the Guardian, Manafort's alleged meeting with Mr Assange occurred around March 2016 - just months before WikiLeaks published the stolen emails. Then, per the report, months after a meeting with Manafort, WikiLeaks released emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee by Russian intelligence officers. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen Dwyer wrote that "no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged", referencing the WikiLeaks founder's last name again later in connection to possible evasion or avoidance of arrest and extradition in the matter. In papers filed Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Alexandria, Va., prosecutors argued that the public has no right to know whether a person has been charged until there has been an arrest.

According to the Guardian, Manafort also met with Assange in both 2013 and 2015. "@WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor's head that Manafort never met Assange". The president has bemoaned the treatment of Manafort, and railed against the Mueller probe this week.

Manafort has a history of lying in this case and was convicted of lying to banks and the government.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller started his investigation nearly 1.5 years ago but has still failed to present evidence proving alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow.

Separately, US prosecutors acknowledged to a judge that they erred when they mistakenly referenced criminal charges against Assange in an unrelated case. One of Mueller's most promising witnesses, Paul Manafort, has recently been accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite a plea deal. His lawyers declined to answer the Guardian's questions about the visits and have not responded to CNN's inquiries.

That dispute is playing out amid sometimes feverish speculation within Washington, D.C., that Mueller's investigation may be on the verge of unveiling more criminal charges, perhaps against another sub-cast of characters centered on political consultant Roger Stone.

Also fueling that discussion has been Trump himself, who has used his Twitter account to inveigh against Mueller and his office and what Trump calls the "Justice" Department - with sarcasm quotes.

She said she would make a ruling at a later date after receiving more information.

United States intelligence agencies have concluded that the emails were stolen by Russian intelligence officers.

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