US President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had tried to convince Ecuador officials to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and hand him over to America, according to a new report.
Manafort raised the issue with Ecuadorian officials in May 2017, when he traveled to the country to establish political ties with incoming President Lenín Moreno, The New York Times reported Monday, citing three sources familiar with the discussions.
The trip was mainly focused on arranging a deal that would see China invest in the South American nation’s power system, the report said.
However, Manafort attended at least two meetings about Assange, where Moreno and his assistants talked about ridding themselves of the controversial whistleblower who has been staying in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
The Times alleged that Moreno and his team had even suggested to Manafort that they would extradite Assange if the US agrees…