The Wikileaks founders stupefying admittance should stimulate MPs finally to start asking questions

Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, during the first year of normalisation, a abrupt unblurring of boundaries has just taken place. A shift. A doorway of knowledge swung open.

Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia gossips smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed information gondola disintegrate 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 strength, had contacted Julian Assange to ask him if he wanted “help” with Wikileaks’s stash of stolen emails.

That’s the hoard of stolen emails that had such a devastating impact on Hillary Clinton in the last months of the campaign. And this story wreak Wikileaks, which the head of the CIA describes as a” unfriendly intelligence service”, instantly together with the Trump campaign for which Cambridge Analytica operated. This is an stunning story spin for the company, owned by US billionaire Robert Mercer, which is 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 involving US politics and the news became the headlines in US reports across US networks.

But it’s also Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics fellowship, which has its headquarters in center London and that, following a series of articles about the key role in Brexit in the Guardian and the Observer , is also being investigated, by the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The corporation that was spun out of a British armed contractor, is pate by an old-fashioned Etonian and that responded to our stories earlier this year by threatening to sue us. It’s our Cambridge it’s named after , not the American one, and it was here that it handled the voter records of 240 million US citizens.

It’s also here that this” unfriendly intelligence service”- Wikileaks- is based. The Ecuadorian embassy is merely a few miles, as the crow flies, from Cambridge Analytica’s head office. Because this is not just about America. It’s about Britain, very. 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 funny Wikileaks connection: Nigel Farage. Because that time in March when Farage was caught tripping down the steps of the Ecuadorian embassy was the last minute the lines unexpectedly became visible. That the ideological overlaps between Wikileaks and Trump and Brexit were revealed to be not just directions, 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 “whos had” escaped any proper investigation, 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 gift” 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 leader an organisation- Ukip- which has multiple, public, visible but almost entirely unreported Russian connects. Who is paid by the Russian state via the broadcaster RT, which was banned last week from Twitter. And who sounds like clockwork on British video without any message 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 power and patronage and alliances that spans the Atlantic and embraces data houses, thinktanks and media outlets. It is about complicated corporate designs in obscure districts, involving offshore stores funnelled through the black-box algorithm of the stage tech monopolists. That it’s eye-wateringly complicated and geographically diffuse is not a coincidence. Confusion is the charlatan’s pal , noise its supplementary. The babble on Twitter is a convenient cape of darkness.

Yet it’s also quite straightforward. In a well-functioning republic, a well-functioning press and a well-functioning parliament would help a well-functioning judiciary do its job. Britain is not that country. There is a vacuum where questions should be, the meetings of the committee, the investigations, the headlines on the Tv bulletins. What was Nigel Farage doing in the Ecuadorian embassy? More to the detail: why has no public official asked about? Why is he giving address– for coin- in the US? Who’s paying him? I know this because my weirdest new hobby of 2017 is to harry Arron Banks, the Bristol businessman who was Ukip and Leave.EU’s main funder, and Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s comms person and Belize’s trade attache to the US, from all the regions of 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 jobs- in a series of tweets. Is it genuine? Who knows? Leave.EU has learned from its Trumpian pals that pitch-black is white and lily-white is blacknes and these half-facts are a handy mode of imbuing gossip and fogging truth.

What on ground was Farage doing advancing Calexit– Californian Brexit? And why did I find a photo of him hanging out with Dana Rohrabacher, the Californian known in 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”- also called 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 convened Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the curve with Trump .)

In these post-truth meters, columnists are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of liquid and a wet hankie. We urgently necessity help. We necessity public pressure. We necessitate parliament to step up and start questioning proper questions. There may be innocent answers to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them.


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