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The former head of the campaign headquarters of U.S. President Donald trump by Paul Manafort was in talks with Ecuador on the possible results to the American side of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This writes The New York Times.
According to the newspaper, in 2017, the lawyer visited Ecuador, where he tried to offer his services to Lenin Moreno, who won the presidential election. It is noted that ally trump wanted to do a deal on Chinese investment in the Ecuadorian energy system, but the talks turned to discussing the fate of Assange.
In the end, Moreno spoke with Manafort about the possibility of extradition of the WikiLeaks founder in the United States in exchange for concessions, in particular the cancellation of debt. It is reported that political consultant believed that can help you with this deal. However, after the start of a special investigation of Russia’s intervention in the elections of the United States, a defendant who became Manafort, the talks ended inconclusively.
As pointed out by the representative of Manafort, that Moreno raised the issue of Assange and told about his desire to remove him from the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK. While the American simply “listened but made no promises.”
Manafort headed the campaign headquarters trump from June to August 2016. In August, a jury found him guilty of violations of tax and banking legislation and concealing foreign Bank accounts. Against Manafort was also accused of lobbying former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, tax evasion, money laundering, conspiracy against the United States.
The founder of WikiLeaks in 2012, took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy fearing extradition to Sweden, where he was charged with rape. In may 2017, the investigation was terminated, but Assange still fears extradition to the Swedish authorities, as the city of Stockholm will give him over to the US where he could face the death penalty for publishing classified information. In October 2018, he said he was ready to surrender to the British authorities, if they receive from them a written assurance that won’t extradite.
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