(National Sentinel)Â Fake News: Earlier this week British paperÂ The Guardian published a “bombshell” report claiming that Paul Manafort visited WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange three times prior to accepting a position on the 2016 Trump campaign.
The report claimed that Manafort visited Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been given asylum, in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
But an evaluation of Manafort’s passports byÂ The Washington Times found that he never traveled to London during those years.
The review of two of Manafort’s passports indicates he entered Heathrow Airport since 2008 on two occasions: Once in 2012 and one other time where the stamp is blurred, showing either 2010 or 2016.
The Times said that prosecutors have entered two of three passports into evidence. Manafort, meanwhile, has maintained that he’s never met Assange, and WikiLeaks’ Twitter account mockedÂ The Guardian‘s story the day it was published.
According toÂ The Guardian:
Donald Trumpâ€™s former campaign managerÂ Paul ManafortÂ held secret talks withÂ Julian AssangeÂ inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trumpâ€™s campaign, the Guardian has been told.
Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 â€“ during the period when he was made a key figure in Trumpâ€™s push for the White House.
It is unclear why Manafort would have wanted to see Assange and what was discussed. But the last apparent meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interestÂ Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016. Months laterÂ WikiLeaksÂ released a stash of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers.
â€œRemember this day when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paperâ€™s reputation.Â @WikiLeaksÂ is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editorâ€™s head that Manafort never met Assange,â€ the whistleblower organization tweeted.
As we noted in our own assessment ofÂ The Guardian‘s story, any visits to Assange during the aforementioned timeframes would have been noted by the FBI because Manafort was under surveillance by the feds for possible illicit lobbying activity on behalf of Ukraine.
And if the FBI had that information, it would have been leaked given what we now know about the “Spygate” scandal and how President Obama politicized and weaponized the Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence community in an effort to prevent POTUS Donald Trump from winning the Oval Office and then undermine him after his victory.
Special counsel Robert Mueller noted in an Oct. 31, 2017 filing, afterÂ ManafortÂ had been indicted on fraud charges, that he maintained three passports and was a flight risk.
ManafortÂ was convicted by a jury in Alexandria, the Times reported. He pleaded guilty to fraud charges in U.S. District Court in D.C. in September.
The Mueller filing said that, in the past year, Manafort â€œtraveled to Dubai, Cancun, Panama City, Havana, Shanghai, Madrid, Tokyo, and Grand Cayman Island.â€
One destinationÂ not listed: London.
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