Paul Manafort denies ever meeting Julian Assange

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Barry Pollack, a Washington-based lawyer for Assange, said he expected Ecuador to "comply with its obligations" to preserve asylum for him, though he acknowledged a concern that the county could revoke his asylum, expel him from the embassy and facilitate an extradition to the U.S.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort denied a British newspaper's report that he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange several times, including once in the month when he began working for the president's campaign.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into allegations that US President Trump's team had colluded with Russian Federation in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections in May 2017, but has so far found no proof of the alleged crime. It was Mueller's biggest victory to date, since Manafort could provide valuable information about any cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The official WikiLeaks Twitter account also refuted the claim, saying that: "This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the 'Hitler Diaries'".

That action is something White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Tuesday. The Guardian said Manafort returned there in 2015 and 2016 and said its sources had "tentatively dated" the final visit to March.

Prosecutors did not confirm or deny any such charge sheet against Mr Assange. "But the last meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation".

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A prosecutor apparently used the Assange mystery matter as a legal template to write a motion to seal the case of a man accused in an unrelated sex crimes investigation. One of Mueller's most promising witnesses, Paul Manafort, has recently been accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite a plea deal.

Manafort, who was convicted on multiple counts of financial fraud over the summer in connection with work he completed in Ukraine as a political consultant, has been in the headlines this week after Mueller claimed the former campaign chairman breached his plea deal.

WikiLeaks has since responded to the report by declaring its publication as the moment The Guardian let a "serial fabricator" "totally destroy" the paper's credibility.

In a federal court on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema called it "an interesting case, to say the least", according to USA media.

"Absolutely untrue. He wasn't in London at the time", Giuliani said.

United States investigators are scrutinising whether the Trump campaign was aware of Wikileaks' role in the leaking of Democratic emails that were allegedly stolen by Russian hackers during the American presidential race two years ago.