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.