WikiLeaks Launches GoFundMe to Help Cover Lawsuit Against the Guardian Over Fake Manafort Meeting Story
WikiLeaks has launched a fundraiser to help them sue the Guardian over their ridiculous claims that Paul Manafort held multiple meetings with Julian Assange.
The GoFundMe raised over $10,000 in 30 minutes.
WikiLeaks launches legal fund to sue the Guardian for publishing entirely fabricated story "Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy" — which spread all over the world today. It is time the Guardian paid a price for fabricating news. https://t.co/VaoMESN5RO
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 27, 2018
The GoFundMe was created by the Courage Foundation — an “international organisation that supports those who risk life or liberty to make significant contributions to the historical record.” They consistently fundraise to help persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.
“The Guardian has published claims from unnamed sources that 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. The Embassy’s visitor logs – maintained by Ecuador – show no such visits, since they did not occur,” the GoFundMe states. “This is not the first time that the Guardian, and in particular its writer Luke Harding, have fabricated a story about Assange.”
“WikiLeaks is suing The Guardian for libel over this serious fabrication. We must hold The Guardian to account: your contribution will help make this lawsuit possible. Please make a donation today,” the fundraiser description concludes.
The junk report, based on anonymous sources, was originally titled ‘Manafort Held Secret Talks With Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy.” Within 90 minutes, the Guardian changed the headline to add “sources say” and attempt to cover their asses.
The fake news peddlers (who have consistently published wildly inaccurate tales about Assange) next began editing the actual story. While it was originally presented as factual information, it was edited to walk back their claims and deflect responsibility to their “anonymous sources.”
WikiLeaks have forcefully denied the Guardian’s allegations.