Paul Manafort had “secret” talks with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The former campaign manager of Donald Trump sought the founder of WikiLeaks according to the British newspaper The Guardian in 2013, 2015 and in the spring of 2016. The extent of secrecy seems to be limited as the visit to the Embassy is in no way “secret”.

It is unclear what the two have talked about. Their last meeting, according to the sources of the British newspaper in March, is especially interesting because Manafort was a key figure in the Trump race to the White House. A few months later, WikiLeaks published a series of Democratic e-mails that had been presumably discovered by hackers.

Manafort, who has been in custody since this year, denies any involvement in that hack and says that the claim is “100 percent false”. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller investigates possible Russian interference in the US presidential election. Manafort is one of his key witnesses, although he has repeatedly lied to the FBI, Mueller revealed on Monday.

The ex-strategist of Trump responded with a categorical denial to the news from The Guardian. He told the Australian Internet activist and whistleblower never to have spoken.

“There is nothing wrong with that story and it is deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange and people who are affiliated with him are not ‘, says Manafort through a spokesperson. “We are considering legal steps”.

President Donald Trump has told the Newspaper New York Post that he does not exclude a presidential pardon for Paul Manafort. “The possibility of a pardon is not lost,” Trump told the newspaper. Trump and his lawyers previously refused to say anything about a pardon for Manafort.

The Democrats in the Congress have said that Trump is on a slick of ice with a pardon for Manafort. Senator Mark Warner, the highest Democrat in the Senate Intelligence Committee has said that a pardon may be a barrier to justice by Trump. He has promised that in the event of a pardon the Democrats will investigate hindrance.

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