Judge Delays Decision Whether to Unseal Assange Criminal Complaint

Hannah Rogers
November 28, 2018

The Guardian reported Tuesday that Manafort met secretly with Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2013, 2015 and March 2016.

"For things that have to do with Mr. Manafort, I refer you to his attorneys to address that", Sanders said.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Tuesday on "Outnumbered Overtime" that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is "out of rabbit holes" to go down after accusing Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement.

A federal judge has deferred action on whether to unseal an apparent criminal complaint against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

"@WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor's head that Manafort never met Assange", the group tweeted on Tuesday, prior to Manafort's statement.

Part of that probe has involved looking into whether any of Trump's associates may have had advance notice before WikiLeaks published emails stolen by Russian hackers from Democratic computer networks to damage Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

Assange has been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012, where the Ecuadorian government has granted him asylum, to evade an global arrest warrant issued for a rape charge in Sweden.

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While U.S. officials have declined even anonymously to pull back the curtain on what Assange may have been charged with in Virginia - where the CIA is headquartered, and where the agency's hacker files were stolen from and later published in 2017 by WikiLeaks as "Vault 7" - one official told ABC News any charges against Assange are unlikely to be for activities defensible as journalism and protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Baldwin wanted to know whether the developments with Manafort meant prosecutors could prove something like the allegations revealed by the Guardian.

Manafort has so far denied involvement in the hack and asserted that the claims were false.

"And that for more than a year, Mueller's investigators have been following up on leads emanating from that visit and what that visit portends and what it means and what kind of key it might be to understanding a relationship between Assange, Manafort, the campaign and Wikileaks-and whether or not such a relationship exists". Prosecutors say Assange got it from Russia's intelligence service.

Separately, Manafort also said the report isn't true.

That dispute is playing out amid sometimes feverish speculation within Washington, D.C., that Mueller's investigation may be on the verge of unveiling more criminal charges, perhaps against another sub-cast of characters centered on political consultant Roger Stone.

"It's very worrying that there should be a meeting with types like Manafort and that it should be kept hidden from the Ecuadorean people", Correa told The Associated Press.

After reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors in September, Manafort lied repeatedly to investigators working for the special counsel's team while withholding information pertinent to the Russian Federation investigation, according to a court filing from Monday. The former campaign chairman had agreed to co-operate with the special counsel's office in September after being convicted of money laundering and bank fraud charges.

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