Manafort met Julian Assange months before Clinton email leak

Report: Paul Manafort Met With Julian Assange Months Before WikiLeaks Published DNC Emails

Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 - during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump's push for the White House. "The president has no idea if Paul Manafort met with Julian Assange", Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost, adding that it wouldn't prove anything nefarious even if Manafort had done so.

"I don't think that Paul Manafort was going in there to get restaurant recommendations for a great night out in London", Graff said.

U.S. prosecutors said this week that Manafort, a lawyer and political lobbyist, had breached the terms of a plea bargain by lying "on a variety of subject matters" to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team, who are investigating allegations that...

WikiLeaks said on Twitter that it was willing "to bet. a million dollars and the editor's head" that the story was wrong and the anti-secrecy group said it was launching a legal defense fund.

Starting in early October 2016 and running through Election Day, Assange released emails stolen by Russian spies belonging to John Podesta, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chair.

Citing a "well-placed source", The Guardian reported that Manafort met with Assange around March 2016, just months before WikiLeaks released Democratic emails believed to be stolen by Russian intelligence officers.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.

"Manafort visited Ecuador using a phone registered under a false name and traveled on one of three USA passports he possesses before going to Mexico and China weeks later", the Associated Press wrote, citing court documents.

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Manafort has so far denied involvement in the hack and asserted that the claims were false. Baldwin wanted to know whether the developments with Manafort meant prosecutors could prove something like the allegations revealed by the Guardian.

Investigators since then have been trying to establish whether there was any link between any Americans, including those in Trump's 2016 campaign, and Russia's wave of "active measures", in which WikiLeaks played a starring role.

Earlier that summer, Trump had publicly called on Russian Federation to find Clinton's emails from a private server she had used.

He also said that he wouldn't expect the president to pardon Manafort right away, if at all, since he's facing a slew of state charges.

For more than a year now, Manafort has been at the heart of several unresolved threads of the Mueller investigation. You're not God. Mueller is not reining them in.

On Monday, Mr Mueller's team accused Manafort of breaching the terms of a plea agreement by lying to the special counsel's office.

Manafort had recently been indicted on the same tax evasion and money laundering charges he would eventually be convicted of in Virginia and likely wasn't too keen on publicly discussing his foreign work or travels at the time.

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