The Wikileaks founders astonishing admission should induce MPs lastly to start asking questions

Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a abrupt unblurring of positions has just taken place. A shift. A opening of impression swung open.

Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car clang between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, grouped together last week in one head-spinning scoop.

That day, we learned that Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data conglomerate that helped Trump to capability, had contacted Julian Assange to ask him if he craved “help” with Wikileaks’s stash of embezzled emails.

That’s the stash of stolen emails that had such a devastating impact on Hillary Clinton in the last months of the campaign. And this history bring Wikileaks, which the head of the CIA describes as a” unfriendly intelligence services”, instantly together with the Trump campaign for which Cambridge Analytica wielded. This is an astonishing plot turn for the company, owned by US billionaire Robert Mercer, either already the subject of investigations by the House intelligence committee, the Senate intelligence committee, the FBI and, it was announced sometime on Friday night, the Senate judiciary committee.

So far, so American. These are US gossips concerning US politics and the word attained the headlines in US reports across US networks.

But it’s also Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics busines, which has its headquarters in central London and that, following a series of articles about its role in Brexit in the Guardian and the Observer , is likewise being investigated, by the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The company that was spun out of a British armed contractor, is headed by an age-old Etonian and that responded to our tales earlier this year by is in danger of sue us. It’s our Cambridge it’s named after , not the American one, and it was here that it treated the voter registers of 240 million US citizens.

It’s also here that this” unfriendly intelligence service”- Wikileaks- is based. The Ecuadorian embassy is just a few miles, as the crow flies, from Cambridge Analytica’s head office. Because this is not just about America. It’s about Britain, more. This is transatlantic. It’s not possible to separate Britain and the US in this whole sorry mess- and I say this as someone who has spent months trying. Where we see this most clearly is in that other bizarre Wikileaks connection: Nigel Farage. Because that minute in March when Farage was caught tripping down the phases of the Ecuadorian embassy was the last moment the lines unexpectedly grew visible. That the ideological overlaps between Wikileaks and Trump and Brexit were revealed to be not just strands, but a channel of communication.

‘ Nigel Farage, who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange .’ Photograph: Ken McKay/ ITV/ REX/ Shutterstock

Because if there’s one person who’s in the middle of all of this, but who has escaped any proper scrutiny, it’s Nigel Farage. That’s Nigel Farage, who led the Leave.EU campaign, which is being investigated by the Electoral Commission alongside Cambridge Analytica, about whether the latter made an” impermissible donation” of services to the Leave campaign. Nigel Farage who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange. Who is friends with Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer. Who headed an organization- Ukip- which has multiple, public, visible but almost completely unreported Russian associates. Who is paid by the Russian district via the broadcaster RT, which was banned last week from Twitter. And who shows like clockwork on British television without any term of this.

This is a power network that involves Wikileaks and Farage, and Cambridge Analytica and Farage, and Robert Mercer and Farage. Steve Bannon, former vice president of Cambridge Analytica , and Farage. It’s Nigel Farage and Brexit and Trump and Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks … and, if the Senate intelligence committee and the House intelligence committee and the FBI are on to anything at all, somewhere in the middle of all that, Russia.

Try to follow this on a daily basis and it’s one long headspin: a spider’s network of relationships and networks of supremacy and patronage and alliances that covers the Atlantic and espouses data houses, thinktanks and media stores. It is about involved corporate arrangements in obscure powers, implying offshore monies funnelled through the black-box algorithms of the pulpit tech monopolists. That it’s eye-wateringly involved and geographically diffused is no longer an coincidence. Confusion is the charlatan’s pal , noise its supplement. The babble on Twitter is a convenient cape of darkness.

Yet it’s also quite simple. In a well-functioning democracy, a well-functioning press and a well-functioning parliament would help a well-functioning judiciary do it occupation. Britain is not that country. There is a vacuum where interrogates should be, the committees, the investigations, the headlines on the Tv reports. What was Nigel Farage doing in the Ecuadorian embassy? More to the point: why has no public official asked about? Why is he giving communications– for coin- in the US? Who’s him? I know this because my weirdest brand-new pastime of 2017 is to harry Arron Bank, the Bristol businessman who was Ukip and Leave.EU’s main funder, and Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s comms boy and Belize’s trade attache to the US, across the internet late at night. Wigmore were talking about this new US venture- an offshore-based political consultancy is currently working on Steve Bannon-related projects- in a series of tweets. Is it true-blue? Who knows? Leave.EU has learned from its Trumpian sidekicks that pitch-black is white and lily-white is blacknes and these half-facts are a handy direction of distributing scandal and obliterating truth.

What on earth was Farage doing advancing Calexit– Californian Brexit? And why did I find a photo of him hanging out with Dana Rohrabacher, the Californian knew of the US press as “Putin’s favourite congressman”? The same Dana Rohrabacher who’s met with Don Trump Jr’s Russian solicitor and- “ve been waiting for” it- also inspected Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. And who is now interceding on his behalf to obtain a pardon from Don Trump Junior’s dad.

( You went this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher encountered Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump .)

In these post-truth eras, writers are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of ocean and a soaked hankie. We urgently necessitate improve. We need public pressure. We need parliament is able to step to the fore and start requesting proper queries. There may be innocent their responses to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them.


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