The editor of WikiLeaks is preparing a lawsuit against The Guardian after reporting that former Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort secretly met with Julian Assange on several occasions.
Manafort has denied the claims, and Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor of WikiLeaks, says that he is preparing a lawsuit against the Guardian, saying that the reporting is utterly false.
“For years, the Guardian has published false reporting on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, without there being any strong reactions to it,” he posted on Facebook. “Today, they published news that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Kristinn says that there is “no basis” for the reporting, and that this news appeared some days after it came to light that efforts were being made to extradite Assange from Ecuador to the United States.
“The Guardian brutally crossed a line today,” he writes, linking to a GoFundMe campaign hoping to raise $300,000 to file a lawsuit against the Guardian, which has raised just over $24,000 at the time of this writing. “Nothing harms journalism more than despicable reporters.”