Russia

Paul Manafort Met With Julian Assange in 2016

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We already know that people within Trump's orbit such as his longtime henchman Roger Stone communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before hacked Democratic emails were released to the public in 2016, but the Guardian dropped a bombshell this morning that no one knew about.

The Guardian reports that Trump's former campaign manager and convicted felon Paul Manafort met with Assange in the spring of 2016 and during the years prior.

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. [...]

Manafort’s 2016 visit to Assange lasted about 40 minutes, one source said, adding that the American was casually dressed when he exited the embassy, wearing sandy-coloured chinos, a cardigan and a light-coloured shirt.

Visitors normally register with embassy security guards and show their passports. Sources in Ecuador, however, say Manafort was not logged.

While Manafort was not listed on regular visitor logs, the Guardian reports that a secret visitor log drafted by Ecuadorian intelligence lists Manafort as a visitor. The Guardian claims to have seen the secret log.

The Guardian also reports that Manafort visited Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London in 2013 and 2015. We can only speculate why these meetings took place, but Manafort was working for former Ukrainian president and Russian stooge Viktor Yanukovych at the time.

I don't think it's a coincidence that this story has been reported less than 24 hours after we learned that Manafort has been lying to special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

  • Aynwrong

    COLLUSION AS FUCK!!!

  • muselet

    Ecuador, as I’ve said before, is getting fed up with Julian Assange’s antics. Ecuadorian intelligence is unlikely to keep an off-the-record visitor log if the government didn’t want something like that kept.

    Also, the detailed description of Paul Manafort’s clothes would seem to indicate a source who has seen CCTV recordings of him leaving the embassy, which means said source may have some connection to the Metropolitan Police. Again, as I’ve said before, the UK is also fed up with Assange.

    It would be amusing—and fitting—if Manafort were the cause of Assange finally being ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy; it would be almost as amusing if Assange were the cause of Manafort’s plea deal being rescinded.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      The Guardian reported earlier this year (months ago) that Ecuadorian agents were spying on their own embassy and Assange’s activities in particular. That seemed kind of strange at the time, but maybe it wasn’t. It could explain the detailed description of Manafort’s clothes.

      We can only guess, but I think the Guardian’s sources are probably from Ecuadorian intelligence or some faction within their government opposed to their continued harboring of Assange.

      There’s clearly some kind of game being played as it gets harder and harder to see why they would let him stay there amid all the reports that he’s a slob who rides a skateboard around indoors.

      • Georgie

        In a lighter vein it was rumored that Pam Anderson is a money carrier for Assange, now wouldn’t that just be a trip, tee hee

        • Scopedog

          Huh…well what do you know.

          Didn’t Michael Moore also visit Assange, as well as Nigel Farage, Dana Rorbacher, and Chuck C. Johnson?