Katie Townsend, a lawyer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which brought the lawsuit to unseal the case, said Assange's advisers have long suspected there were secret charges against him for publishing USA government secrets.
Adding to Manafort's troubles, The Guardian reported Manafort held secret meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, including one in 2016, just months before WikiLeaks released a trove of stolen Democratic emails.
What's more, the publication said that sources told them Manafort went to visit Assange in 2013, 2015 and the spring of 2016.
The report comes as Manafort faces an accusation of lying to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who's investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election. It was Mueller's biggest victory to date, since Manafort could provide valuable information about any cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
"I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him". "The president knows very little of Julian Assange". "But the last meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation".
Manafort said through a spokesperson.
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There may be sealed charges against Assange in the Alexandria, Va., federal district court where Manafort was convicted earlier this year, according to some suggestions in documents there, but the Justice Department has remained silent.
Mueller said in the filing that, after signing the plea agreement, "Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's Office on a variety of subject matters".
The Guardian has not responded to Law&Crime's multiple requests for comment.
Sanders was asked on Tuesday whether Trump might lean on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker who is supervising the Mueller probe; she said the answer should be obvious.
She said she would make a ruling at a later date after receiving more information.
He then launched into an attack on Mueller's investigation and team of prosecutors, who he claimed are unduly coercing Manafort.
U.S. investigators are scrutinising whether the Trump campaign was aware of Wikileaks' role in the leaking of Democratic emails that were allegedly stolen by Russian hackers during the American presidential race two years ago.