The Wikileaks founders stupefying admittance should inspire MPs eventually 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 courses took place. A transformation. A doorway of sensing swung open.

Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two disconnected Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed information automobile 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 firm that helped Trump to supremacy, had contacted Julian Assange to ask him if he required “help” with Wikileaks’s stash of plagiarized 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 brought Wikileaks, which the head of the CIA describes as a” unfriendly intelligence service”, directly together with the Trump campaign for which Cambridge Analytica wreaked. This is an amazing patch construction 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 belatedly on Friday night, the Senate judiciary committee.

So far, so American. These are US scandals implying US politics and the bulletin cleared the headlines in US bulletins across US networks.

But it’s also Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics company, 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 military contractor, is leader by an old-time Etonian and that responded to our narrations 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 handled the voter records of 240 million US citizens.

It’s also here that this” hostile intelligence service”- Wikileaks- is based. The Ecuadorian delegation is exactly 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 disperse 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 weird Wikileaks connection: Nigel Farage. Because that minute in March when Farage was caught tripping down the steps of the Ecuadorian delegation was the last minute the lines suddenly became visible. That the ideological overlaps between Wikileaks and Trump and Brexit were revealed to be not just lines, but a canal 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 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 subscription” 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 foreman an organization- Ukip- which has multiple, public, visible but almost completely unreported Russian connections. Who is paid by the Russian state via the broadcaster RT, which was banned last week from Twitter. And who emerges like clockwork on British television without any parole 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 web of relationships and systems of supremacy and patronage and alliances that encompasses the Atlantic and embraces data houses, thinktanks and media stores. It is about complicated corporate designs in obscure districts, concerning offshore stores poured through the black-box algorithms of the pulpit tech monopolists. That it’s eye-wateringly complicated and geographically diffuse is not a coincidence. Confusion is the charlatan’s pal , noise its accessory. The babble on Twitter is a handy conceal of darkness.

Yet it’s also quite simple. In a well-functioning republic, a well-functioning press and a well-functioning parliament would help a well-functioning judiciary do its chore. Britain is not that country. There is a vacuum where themes should be, the meetings of the committee, the inquiries, the headlines on the TV reports. What was Nigel Farage doing in the Ecuadorian embassy? More to the place: why has no public official asked about? Why is he giving lectures– for fund- in the US? Who’s compensating him? I know this because my weirdest brand-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 mortal and Belize’s trade attache to the US, across the internet late at night. Wigmore told me about this new US venture- an offshore-based political consultancy working on Steve Bannon-related jobs- in a series of tweets. Is it true-life? Who knows? Leave.EU has learned from its Trumpian acquaintances that black is lily-white and white is pitch-black and these half-facts are a handy course of diffusing scandal and obscuring truth.

What on world 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- wait for it- also inspected Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. And who is now interceding on his behalf to obtain a reprieve from Don Trump Junior’s dad.

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

In these post-truth experiences, writers are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of irrigate and a soggy hankie. We desperately necessary assistant. We necessary public pressure. We necessary parliament to step up and start asking proper queries. There may be innocent answers to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them.


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