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.