NBC News reports:
Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort strongly denied a report Tuesday that he had secretly met with Julian Assange several times in the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in recent years.
Manafort, in a statement through his spokesman, called the article from The Guardian “totally false and deliberately libelous.” “I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,” said Manafort, who is in jail waiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in September.
“I have never been contacted by anyone connected to WikiLeaks, either directly or indirectly. I have never reached out to Assange or WikiLeaks on any matter,” Manafort said. “We are considering all legal options against the Guardian who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.”
WikiLeaks launches legal fund to sue the Guardian for publishing entirely fabricated story “Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy” — which spread all over the world today. It is time the Guardian paid a price for fabricating news. https://t.co/VaoMESN5RO
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 27, 2018