Manafort denies meeting with WikiLeaks' Assange as Mueller zeroes in

Trump Slams Mueller Says Probe Has Cost Tens of Millions to Find No Collusion

Trump Slams Mueller Says Probe Has Cost Tens of Millions to Find No Collusion

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.

Assange, now 47, has seen many of his privileges restricted by the embassy staff, who have reportedly grown exhausted of him.

"I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him".

Demostrators in in Quito, Ecuador, show their support to WikiLeaks founder, Australian Julian Assange, who is a refugee at Quito's embassy in London on October 31, 2018.

Kromberg insisted that the Reporters Committee and other journalists who say they've spoken to confidential government sources who confirmed Assange has been secretly charged with an undisclosed crime were just "speculating". USA officials have also prepared charges against Assange.

A decision whether to unseal US government charges against Julian Assange was delayed for a week by Judge Leonie Brinkema in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday.

The publication also announced on Tuesday that it has launched a "legal fund to sue the Guardian for publishing [an] entirely fabricated story".

One of the indictments referred to WikiLeaks, described as "Organization 1", as the platform the Russians used to release the stolen emails.

WikiLeaks said on Twitter that it was willing "to bet. a million dollars and the editor's head" that the story was wrong and the anti-secrecy group said it was launching a legal defense fund.

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Manafort was officially named Trump's convention manager on March 29, 2016.

Starting in early October 2016 and running through Election Day, Assange released emails stolen by Russian spies belonging to John Podesta, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chair.

The Special Counsel is expected to finalize a report in the coming months on the findings of his 18-month probe into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Manafort said through a spokesperson.

In recent months, Mueller's team has subpoenaed associates of Trump's political adviser and Manafort's former business partner, Roger Stone, who has denied having access to the emails.

On Tuesday a federal judge Leonie Brinkema said she will later rule on whether or not the public has a right to see the documents.

The former campaign chairman had agreed to co-operate with the special counsel's office in September after being convicted of money laundering and bank fraud charges.

DAWSEY: Last night, Mr. President, the special counsel's team charged Paul Manafort with saying, they accused him at least of saying more lies, and ended his plea deal.

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