Paul Manafort 'visited Julian Assange' at London embassy

Paul Manafort 'visited Julian Assange' at London embassy

His long-standing relationship with an oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin was another reason Manafort's cooperation was seen as important to Mueller's probe.

The WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in the diplomatic compound since 2012, reportedly had the cat removed from the Knightsbridge building amid a wave of harsh sanctions imposed by his Ecuadorean hosts aimed at forcing him out.

"For things that have to do with Mr. Manafort, I refer you to his attorneys to address that", Sanders said.

Assange, however, is purposely not fleeing from the Ecuador Embassy in London as he fears he will be arrested by British authorities and extradited to the United States.

"Wouldn't it be easy to prove Manafort was there?"

He came back at least two more times.

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

Aside from placing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's liberty at stake, the apparent criminal charges against the Australia native also signal the possible end of investigative journalism, Suzie Dawson, activist and president of the Internet Party of New Zealand, told Sputnik.

Manafort held a private conversation with Assange inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in March 2016, just months before WikiLeaks published thousands of emails stolen from Democrats by Russian hackers, the Guardian reported.

The Guardian's claim about the alleged spring 2016 meeting, which the outlet "tentatively dated to March", is based on an unnamed "well-placed source".

Manafort denied the claim and called the assertion that he was involved in the hack "100% false".

There may be sealed charges against Assange in the Alexandria, Va., federal district court where Manafort was convicted earlier this year, according to some suggestions in documents there, but the Justice Department has remained silent.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press recently filed a federal motion, asking that all federal indictments against Assange be unsealed after it was inadvertently disclosed in an unrelated case that the computer programer "has been charged".

The Guardian cited a separate internal document written by Ecuador's Senain intelligence agency which listed a "Paul Manaford" as one of Assange's guests at the embassy.

On Monday prosecutors said in a court filing that Manafort had lied to investigators, in violation of a plea agreement he made in September. "It also mentions 'Russians".

Manafort's lawyers declined answering The Guardian's questions about the alleged "secret talks" with Assange.

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.

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