- 1. Back on November 8, the Court prohibited the parties from PR or media strategies that might poison the upcoming trial - the Court warned that the case would be tried in a courtroom, not in the press. The Court was not acting unilaterally here - the proposed gag order was subject to objection in court and no party objected.
2. Manafort and his Russian partner then decided to write an op-ed to be published under someone else's byline in a probable effort to sidestep the Court's previous order
3. Manafort got caught.
The SC got information on the draft op-ed on Thursday, the same day Manafort filed for modification of conditions of release, so someone was very fast at tattling.