Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Former Trump Aide Discussed Assange’s Handover to US With Ecuador

Former Trump Aide Discussed Assange’s Handover to US With Ecuador

We will remind, the British newspaper The Guardian, previously argued that Paul Manafort met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013, 2015 and 2016-m to year in the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman who awaits sentencing for lying to federal investigators in breach of a plea agreement, flew to Ecuador to help negotiate a deal for the handover of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Washington, a media report said.

His talks with Ecuador ended without any deals. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Manafort discussed Assange's fate with Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno at least twice. Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy, since 2012.

Assange is wanted by both USA and British authorities, making his refuge at the London embassy a sticking point between Ecuador and the two world powers.

There was no suggestion that Manafort was working with the Trump administration or briefing administration officials during the visit, according to The Times.

They said Manafort suggested he could help negotiate a deal for the handover of Assange to the U.S., which has long investigated him for the disclosure of secret documents.


Talks dissolved after it became evident that Manafort's financial dealings were a focal point of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Several days after the last meeting Mr Manafort held in Quito, Robert Mueller was announced as a special advisor in charge of a probe to investigate the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.

He is now in jail in Alexandria, Virginia.

The former head of trump's staff held a final meeting with Moreno a few days after the appointment of Robert Mueller spectaculorum for investigation of Russia's intervention in US elections 2016.

WikiLeaks has come under scrutiny for its 2016 publication of emails stolen from Democratic servers by Russian intelligence agents, which contained damaging information about Hillary Clinton, Trump's rival during the 2016 presidential election.

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