I have to preface this link by saying I’m skeptical. The sourcing is very thin, and one of the writers has a very.... uh....dubious history: Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say.
"Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told. Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House."For what it’s worth, and that’s probably not much, both Assange and Manafort have vehemently denied this report. Manafort's statement:
"This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him. I have never been contacted by anyone connected to Wikileaks, either directly or indirectly. I have never reached out to Assange or Wikileaks on any matter. We are considering all legal options against the Guardian who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.” - Aaron Blake@TweeterI should say now, I could care less about Paul Manafort. He's part of the opportunist, greasy underbelly of politics, and probably guilty of something or other, and Mueller knows it.
And that dubious history I mentioned above? One of the authors of the Guardian piece, Luke Harding, once claimed that the NSA hacked into his computer and for weeks, as he worked on a book about Edward Snowden, deleted text as he was writing it, causing his keyboard to start “flashing and bleeping.”
I tend to think this is part of a disinformation ruse. As the embassy Assange is holed up in is under Surveillance 24/7 by numerous sources for sure, let them show the video proof if he did visit. So unless this incendiary report is corroborated by someone who doesn’t have a flashing, bleeping keyboard, I’m going to take all this with a shaker full of salt.