WikiLeaks and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort denied reports that Manafort met with the site’s founder Julian Assange several times after he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the most recent just a few months before WikiLeaks began publishing emails pilfered from the DNC by Russian operatives and intended to sway the U.S. presidential election.

“I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,” Manafort said in a statement in response to a Guardian report that he had visited the WikiLeaks founder in the embassy in 2013, 2015 and 2016 right after he became the head of Trump’s campaign. “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.”

And in a series of tweets, WikiLeaks said the meeting never took place and threatened to sue the Guardian, starting a gofundme to raise money for legal costs.

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