Did WikiLeaks ploy with Paul Manafort to derail Hillary Clinton in 2016 poll?
Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former Campaign Chairman, has denied that he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prior to the 2016 election. Manafort is denying an allegation made by The Guardian, which reported that the two men had met thrice.
Manafort has been vehemently denying the allegation, saying the story is libelous and totally false. He has threatened action against The Guardian for publishing false and misleading information. The ex-campaign chairman also says his representatives informed The Guardian that the story held no grounds, and yet the media house went ahead and published it.
Allegations flying thick and fast
Paul Manafort denied the meetings, just a day after the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s told a US judge that the ex-campaign chairman had lied to the FBI, and breached his cooperation agreement with the prosecutor.
Manafort has categorically denied telling any lies or breaching the agreement.
The most important question, part of the Mueller investigation, is if Trump or any of his associates had special notice before WikiLeaks published e-mails allegedly stolen by Russian hackers. These stolen emails, of Clinton’s private server, were to damage Hillary Clinton in the election.
We have still not heard enough about these emails from Trump, even though he won the presidency. The emails are not something he is able to let go of, and brings them up, especially when on the defensive.
Oddly, we could be talking about Ivanka Trump’s emails of her own private server too, but what works against one does not necessarily work against the family.
Talking about the emails, Mueller’s team has subpoenaed Paul Manafort’s former business partner, Roger Stone. Stone has denied having access to the emails.
The Guardian reported that secret talks took place in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2013, 2015, and again in March 2016. These meetings occurred before the damaging emails were released, right in the middle of the 2016 election campaign.
Clinton has blamed the leaking of her emails on Trump and ultimately, for her losing out on the presidency.
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