Sources told the Guardian that Manafort, who was convicted in August of eight counts stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry, met with Assange on at least three occasions: in 2013, in 2015 and at the meeting in early 2016.
"It is inexplicable that the government would file in a public document a claim that Mr. Assange has been charged when no notice has been given to Mr. Assange". I have never been contacted by anyone connected to Wikileaks, either directly or indirectly", read a statement provided to National Review by Manafort's spokesman."I have never reached out to Assange or Wikileaks on any matter.
Julian Assange has made a decision to give up his pet cat to spare it the "unbearable isolation" of being trapped inside the Ecuadorian embassy. A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016.
If these reports are true, they would be extremely damaging to Manafort, Assange and many individuals within the Trump campaign, likely including the president himself.
He also says the Guardian published the story after being told by Manafort's representatives that it was false.
"Absolutely untrue. He wasn't in London at the time", Giuliani said.
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U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the emails were stolen by Russian intelligence officers. The leaked emails, Hillary Clinton said, contributed to her defeat.
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.
Without a pardon, the 69-year-old Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison, experts said.
Manafort started cooperating in September after pleading guilty in a federal court in Washington to conspiracy against the United States - a charge that included a range of conduct from money laundering to unregistered lobbying.
He then launched into an attack on Mueller's investigation and team of prosecutors, who he claimed are unduly coercing Manafort. "Nobody's dying, nobody's being abused, nobody's being sexually assaulted", he said, calling Mueller's probe "bullshit" and his prosecutors "bozos" for putting Manafort in solitary confinement while awaiting sentencing.
However, the Guardian report instantly fueled speculation about whether Mueller's probe had such information on Manafort - a day after Mueller's prosecutors alleged Manafort was lying to investigators in breach of his plea deal on "a variety of subject matters".