Fidel Narváez, a former senior diplomat at Ecuador’s London embassy, has confirmed that it is impossible that Paul Manafort met with Julian Assange as the Guardian foolishly claimed last week.
The Guardian claimed that Manafort met with Assange on three occasions, something which both parties strongly denied.
Narváez told The Canary that it was “simply not possible that Manafort visited the embassy.”
“It is impossible for any visitor to enter the embassy without going through very strict protocols and leaving a clear record: obtaining written approval from the ambassador, registering with security personnel, and leaving a copy of ID,” Narváez explained.
The Guardian’s article was widely mocked and WikiLeaks is preparing to sue them for libel over it. A GoFundMe to cover expenses related to the lawsuit has now raised over $40,000.
Following WikiLeaks announcing their intention to sue, The Guardian began back peddling extremely hard and trying to stealth edit the article. The junk report, based entirely 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.
“It’s inconceivable that someone could have suck into the embassy unnoticed considering it is “the most surveilled on Earth,” he explained that “not only are there cameras positioned on neighboring buildings recording every visitor, but inside the building every movement is recorded with CCTV cameras, 24/7.”
Narváez additionally called out the authors of the fictional Manafort piece over their previous lies about WikiLeaks.
“Luke Harding and Dan Collyns, the authors of the Manafort fake story, are the same ones who wrote the Russia smuggling plot fake story and their ‘sources’ are most probably the same. I find it incredible that the Guardian allows these people to repeatedly damage the paper’s credibility and reputation,” Narváez said.