Monday, 17 December, 2018

Former Trump Aide Discussed Assange’s Handover to US With Ecuador

Президент Еквадору та Манафорт обговорювали варіанти видачі Ассанжа США – The New York Times- 24 Канал Ecuadorian President talked with Manafort about removing Assange from embassy
Pablo Mccormick | 06 December, 2018, 20:54

In at least two meetings with Manafort, Ecuadorian Presidenr Lenin Moreno and his aides discussed their desire to rid themselves of Assange, who has been holed up in the country's Embassy in London since 2012, in exchange for concessions like debt relief from the U.S., informed sources told The Times. According to the outlet, Trump's former manager, who is reported to have presented himself as a liaison for the new U.S. administration, travelled to Quito to facilitate a deal between Chinese investors and the Latin American country's power sector.

Moreno and his officials reportedly voiced their readiness to assist Assange's removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, whose asylum has been a point of contention for the new administration in Quito, in exchange for concessions from the US.

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Manafort offered to arrange for Assange to be handed over to the USA, where he has been investigated for the leak of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables in 2010. The Times said there was no indication that Trump or other administration officials were briefed by Manafort on the negotiations, but noted the incident highlighted Manafort's role as an worldwide influence broker hoping to cash in on his ties with Trump.

The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno and his assistants in 2017 was discussed with the former head of the election headquarters of Donald trump Paul Manafort the possibility and ways magazine in the United States founder of the site WikiLeaks Julian Assange.

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"Mr. Manafort listened but made no promises as this was ancillary to the goal of the meeting", Maloni's statement added.

The New York Times report on Monday said that Manafort made the trip mainly to see if he could broker a deal under which China would invest in Ecuador's power system. But Moreno turned the conversation to Assange, who has resided in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012. "There was no mention of Russian Federation at the meeting".

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Manafort has denied a report in The Guardian that he visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy three times between 2013 and 2016.

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