Manafort denies meeting with WikiLeaks' Assange as Mueller zeroes in

Manafort denies meeting with WikiLeaks' Assange as Mueller zeroes in

"I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him", Manafort said in the statement.

The apparent criminal complaint emerged earlier this month when papers from the Eastern District of Virginia federal court stated "Assange has been charged", though he was not listed as a defendant in that case.

Two sources confirmed to The Guardian that they saw Manafort enter the embassy during this time period.

"It's especially telling that the three alleged visits are not logged with the Ecuadorian Embassy", former Trump advisor Michael Caputo told Observer. He met with his lawyers on Monday.

WikiLeaks, which rocked the 2016 presidential election after posting hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, also issued a fiery denial about the reported meeting with its founder. "This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the "Hitler Diaries".

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The US president unleashed fury at Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a series of Tweets in which he blasted his "one side" view of the 2016 presidential elections and accused him of working with a "gang of Angry Dems".

Mr Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London in 2012 amid fears he could be prosecuted for Wikileaks' previous revelations of U.S. national security secrets. Prosecutors say Assange got it from Russia's intelligence service.

Dwyer apparently failed to delete all references to Assange in the document about the unrelated case.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, secretly met several times with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, including around the time he was made a top figure in the Trump campaign, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

Assange, now 47, has seen many of his privileges restricted by the embassy staff, who have reportedly grown exhausted of him. However, the timing is suspicious as his last visit, in March 2016, came just months before WikiLeaks released of a stash of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers. "The government should not be bringing criminal charges against someone for publishing truthful information", Pollack told ABC News in a statement on November 15.

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New "protocols" by Ecuador as of October highlight what an increasingly unwelcome guest Assange has become, because even though he is once again receiving visitors he is forbidden from making political statements.

"They've gotten whatever they're gonna get from him and they don't like it", he said.

Giuliani also said the USA president hasn't ruled out pardoning Manafort, although he stressed there hasn't been any recent discussions on the matter.

That arrest could pave the way for his potential extradition to the United States, his lawyers have said.

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