The Guardian reports:
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told. 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.
It is unclear why Manafort wanted to see Assange and what was discussed. But the last meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016. Months later WikiLeaks released a stash of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers.
The insistence by savvy journalists and commentators that there was never going to be any evidence of "collusion," an assumption rooted in absolutely nothing, has aged particularly poorly. https://t.co/1NeSH8CEXY
— Judah Maccabeets🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 27, 2018
The collusion case is looking like one of those connect-the-dots puzzles for preschoolers, where there are *maybe* six dots total. https://t.co/OlqdWuQyPb
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) November 27, 2018
Nothing to see here, just the president’s campaign manger visiting the world’s most famous Russian asset in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy. https://t.co/Lbz9zCI4ZJ
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 27, 2018
If you were waiting for “the smoking gun,” this could be it. https://t.co/uZZZS58RL0
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 27, 2018
Remember this day when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper's reputation. @WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor's head that Manafort never met Assange. https://t.co/R2Qn6rLQjn
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 27, 2018