WikiLeaks Hits $50,000 in Donations, Will Start Suing The Guardian Over RussiaHoax Lies


from Russia Insider:

WikiLeaks announced on Monday that it will commence its lawsuit against The Guardian over an “entirely fabricated” story that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret meetings with Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy – a report which has been largely discredited.

After raising $50,000 from 1,270 donors in a Gofundme campaign, WikiLeaks tweeted “Legal action will now commence,” adding “but more is required to complete.”

WikiLeaks launched the crowdfunding campaign, promising to sue the Guardian “for publishing entirely fabricated story … which spread all over the world.”

The campaign story reads:

The Guardian has claimed, using unnamed sources, that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had “secret talks” with Julian Assange  in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on three occasions. These claims are completely false and the story has been fabricated. But it has gone viral, repeated uncritically by media outlets around the world.

In response to the article, Manafort issued a statement unequivocally denying the alleged visits.

“This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him. I have never been contacted by anyone connected to Wikileaks, either directly or indirectly,” reads Manafort’s statement. “I have never reached out to Assange or Wikileaks on any matter. We are considering all legal options against the Guardian who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.”

What’s more, the Ecuadorian embassy’s visitor logs show no such visits.

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