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.