Manafort's attorneys screw up 'redactions,' reveal details of campaign collusion
On Monday, Paul Manafort’s legal team filed its reply to Robert Mueller’s charges that Manafort had lied to the special counsel’s office and federal prosecutors while he was supposed to be cooperating. To protect some of the areas of disagreement, the team first filed its document under seal, and when it appeared in public filings today, the document was filled with redactions. Or at least, it was supposed to be. But as Daily Mail U.S. political editor David Martosko quickly pointed out, Manafort’s lawyers only blacked out the text. They failed to turn the submitted PDF into an image.
So anyone can select the “redacted” sections of the filing and see exactly what Manafort’s team had below the covers. For example, the first part of Section D may look like this in the PDF:
Section D. Part 1. Manafort’s interaction with Kilimnik
But it takes only a moment of cut-and-paste to produce this:
After being shown documents, Mr. Manafort “conceded” that he discussed or may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan with Mr. Kilimnik on more than one occasion); id. at 6 (After being told that Mr. Kilimnik had traveled to Madrid on the same day that Mr. Manafort was in Madrid, Mr. Manafort “acknowledged” that he and Mr. Kilimnik met while they were both in Madrid)).
Frankly, this is such a massive screw-up by Manafort’s legal team that it’s hard not to suspect that it’s an intentional effort to leak details of Robert Mueller’s case. That’s an idea that is bolstered because much of what’s redacted seems to be statements critical of the special counsel’s office, which are redacted for no obvious reason.
But in the process, Manafort’s team also released at least one snippet of real impact: Paul Manafort shared polling data from the 2016 campaign with Russia.