Did Manafort conspire with WikiLeaks?
What secret is so dangerous that Paul Manafort would continue to lie about it, even after agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller? asked Will Bunch. A bombshell new report in The Guardian may hold the answer: Manafort, the newspaper says, met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London at least three times—including just before he took over the Trump campaign. Assange and WikiLeaks, of course, released damaging emails that Russian hackers stole from the Democratic National Committee. If Mueller can find evidence of such Manafort-Assange meetings, that would constitute proof of a coordinated plot involving Russia, WikiLeaks, and the campaign. Manafort, it was revealed this week, only pretended to cooperate with Mueller and has been feeding information about the investigation to the Trump team. But Mueller is hot on the trail of other possible co-conspirators, including longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, whose emails and tweets reveal contacts with WikiLeaks and Russians. A clearly frantic Trump went on a Twitter tirade against Mueller, calling him “a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue.” That tells us that Mueller “may be closing in on Team Trump—and possibly the president himself.”