aside Connections Between Deutsche Bank, Russia And Our President, Part X (Nigel Farage)

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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage is the politician who spearheaded the campaign to have Great Britain leave the EU European Union in 2016. Obviously he is a fan of the republican President Donald Trump and vice versa. And so what was he doing visiting the Ecuadorian Embassy in March 2017 which has provided the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with safe haven?

Here is the rest of the story…

On 4/23/17, Carole Cadwalladr of The Guardian penned the following report, “When Nigel Farage met Julian Assange, Why did Ukip’s ex-leader want to slip in unnoticed to meet the WikiLeaks chief at the Ecuadorian embassy?”

Excerpts:

On March 9, 2017, an ordinary Thursday morning, Ian Stubbings, a 35-year-old Londoner, was walking down the street near his office in South Kensington when he spotted a familiar face. He turned and saw a man entering the redbrick terrace which houses the Ecuadorian embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012. And the familiar face? It was Nigel Farage, the man who spearheaded Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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Marine LePin of France/ Nigel Farage

“I thought ‘hang on a moment’,” Stubbings says. “‘That looks a bit dodgy.’ I knew the building was the embassy because I often see camera crews outside. But there was no one else around. I was the only person who’d seen him. And I didn’t know what the significance was – and I still don’t actually – but I thought: that’s got to be worth telling and I was the only person who’d witnessed it.”

So, at 11.22am, he tweeted it. His handle is @custardgannet and he wrote: “Genuine scoop: just saw Nigel Farage enter the Ecuadorian embassy.” Moments later, a reporter from BuzzFeed, who happened to follow him on Twitter, picked it up and tweeted him back, and Stubbings told her: “No press or cameras around.”

Image result for photos of farage and trump“And that was how the world found out, by accident, that the founder of WikiLeaks, the organisation which published Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails – a decisive advantage for Donald Trump’s campaign – and Farage, a friend of Donald Trump, were mutually acquainted.

“In Britain, we routinely treat Farage as if he were Widow Twankey in the national pantomime that is Ukip politics. And Widow Twankey dropping by on the man who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy’s broom cupboard seemed just one more weird moment in the weird times in which we now live; six weeks on, it had faded into yet another episode in the surreality show that now passes for normality.”

Image result for photos of farage and trump“But in a week that saw two major developments on both sides of the Atlantic regarding the respective roles that Assange and Farage played in the US election and the EU referendum – the same week in which a UK general election was announced – it is an attitude that needs urgent re-examination.”

“For if you were to pick three individuals who had the most decisive impact on that most decisive of years, 2016, it would be hard to see beyond Trump, Assange and Farage. What was not known until Ian Stubbings decided to go for an early lunch is that there is a channel of communication between them.”

“Last week brought this more clearly into focus. Because in a shock development last Thursday (4/20/17), the US justice department announced it had prepared charges with a view of arresting Assange. A day later, the Electoral Commission announced it was investigating Leave.EU – the Brexit campaign Farage headed.

Related image“Significantly, the commission said its investigation was “focused on whether one or more donations – including of services – accepted by Leave.EU was impermissible”.

“One of the grounds on which a donation can be deemed “impermissible” is that it comes from abroad. A fundamental principle of British democracy and our electoral laws is that foreign citizens and foreign companies cannot buy influence in British elections via campaign donations.”

“Robert Mercer, the billionaire hedge fund owner, bankrolled the Trump campaign and his company, Cambridge Analytica, the Observer has revealed, donated services to Leave.EU. If this issue forms part of the Electoral Commission investigation, this isn’t just a case of possibly breaking rules by overspending a few pounds. It goes to the heart of the integrity of our democratic system. Did Leave.EU seek to obtain foreign support for a British election? If so, does this constitute “foreign subversion”?

Image result for photos of farage and trump“What did or didn’t happen on March 9 may perhaps reveal clues to understanding this. To unraveling the links between WikiLeaks, the UK and the Trump administration – an administration embroiled in ever deeper connections to the Russian state. Between Trump – whose campaign was funded by Mercer and who came to power with the help of the same analytics firm now under investigation for its work with Leave.EU – and Brexit.”

“And March 9 was the day that all these worlds came together – when the cyber-libertarian movement that Assange represents collided headfirst with the global right-wing libertarian movement that Farage represents. When Nigel Farage tripped down the steps of the Ecuadorian embassy – a visit that he did not expect to be photographed or documented – a beam of light was shone on a previously hidden world: a political alignment between WikiLeaks’ ideology, Ukip’s ideology and Trump’s ideology that is not necessarily just an affinity. It is also, potentially, a channel of communication.”

Image result for photos of farage and trump“David Golumbia, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the US who has studied WikiLeaks, describes it as “the moment when the lines suddenly become visible”. He says: “It was like the picture suddenly came into focus. There is this worldwide, right-wing, nationalistic movement that is counter to the EU, and this is present in the US and Europe and Russia, and we are just starting to understand how they do all seem to be in communication and co-ordination with each other.”

“In many ways, it wasn’t a surprise. There are clear ideological similarities between Assange and Farage. They have both been regulars on RT, Russia’s state-sponsored news channel. They have both been paid – indirectly by the Russian state – to appear on it. Ben Nimmo, a defence analyst with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, points out that Farage has voted systematically in favour of Russian interests in the European parliament. “There is very, very strong support for the Kremlin among the far right in Europe. And Farage is squarely in that bloc with the likes of the Front National in France and Jobbik in Hungary.”

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Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix

In February, when I started my investigation into Leave.EU and Cambridge Analytica, I met Andy Wigmore, its director of communications, for a coffee and he told me that Farage was in the US, where he was going to be making a big platform speech at CPAC, the US conservative conference. “And it’s not going to be his normal ‘Mr Brexit’ speech,” he said. “He’s going to be talking about the need for closer relations with Russia.” Really? I said. That sounds odd.”

“What? No way. Farage has been across the subject for years in the European parliament.” It didn’t make much sense at the time – and, in fact, that wasn’t the speech that Farage made. On February 24, he told the crowd: “Our real friends in the world speak English.” The next evening he had dinner with Trump at the Washington Trump hotel and tweeted a photo of him with “the Donald” in the early hours of the morning.”

“Eleven days later, he headed off to the Ecuadorian embassy. BuzzFeed’s story dropped at 1.31pm. And, 57 minutes later, at 2.28pm, WikiLeaks made an announcement: it would host a live press conference by Julian Assange about his latest leak, “Vault 7”.

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JULIAN ASSANGE

“Nearly every day of 2017 has brought forth some new nugget of fact about “Trump-Russia” but this was a tough week for Trump, even by his standards. The “witch-hunt”, as he’s termed it, was gathering pace. On March 2, his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation and, on 4 March, Trump retaliated in a tweetstorm which accused Obama of “wiretapping” him.”

“And then, on 7 March, he finally caught a break. Some other news came along to knock him off the front page. For more than a month, WikiLeaks had been periodically issuing cryptic tweets about Vault 7. A month passed before it finally landed: a leak that, whether by accident or design, embarrassed the CIA.”

Image result for photos of nigel farage“WikiLeaks’ data trove had come from what it called “the CIA’s global hacking force”, its Center for Cyber Intelligence. “CIA scrambles to contain damage from WikiLeaks documents,” said the headline in what Trump calls the “failing New York Times”. The documents apparently showed that the CIA had the capability to hack a huge number of devices, not just phones but also TVs. In the midst of the most serious investigation of foreign cyber-interference in a current administration in US history, vivid revelations about the US’s similar capacity to interfere abroad had hit the headlines.”

A highly placed contact with links to US intelligence told the Observer: “When the heat is turned up and all electronic communication, you have to assume, is being intensely monitored, then those are the times when intelligence communication falls back on human couriers. Where you have individuals passing information in ways and places that cannot be monitored.”

“In October, Roger Stone, a Republican strategist whose links to Russia are currently under investigation by the FBI, told a local CBS reporter about “a back-channel communication with Assange, because we have a good mutual friend … that friend travels back and forth from the United States to London and we talk”. Asked directly by the Observer if Nigel Farage was that friend, his spokesman said: “Definitely not.”

“And in some ways, this may not be the point. A channel exists. In the perfect storm of fake news, disinformation and social media in which we now live, WikiLeaks is, in many ways, the swirling vortex at the centre of everything. Farage’s relationship with the organisation is just one of a whole host of questions to which we currently have no answer.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF Aaron Banks, the Bristol businessman“Some of those questions dog Arron Banks, the Bristol businessman who bankrolled Leave.EU and who announced last week that he is standing for election in Clacton. When I interviewed him last month, he said: “Not a single penny of Russian money has been put into Brexit” – though that wasn’t a question I had asked him.”

“He is, however, openly pro-Putin and anti-democracy. “It’s not possible to run that entire country (Russia) as a pure democracy,” he said. When asked about the investigation into Leave.EU’s campaign finances, he told me: “I don’t give a monkey’s about the Electoral Commission.”

Image result for photos of nigel farage“On Friday night (4/21/17), he released a letter saying that he would no longer co-operate with the commission – a body mandated by parliament to uphold UK electoral law – and said he would “see them in court”.

“As Britain hurtles towards a general election to choose a government that will take us out of the European Union, this may be the moment to realise that Nigel Farage is not Widow Twankey, and that this is not a pantomime. Farage’s politics and his relationships are more complicated than we, the British press, have previously realized. His relationship to Mercer and Cambridge Analytica, the same firm that helped Trump to power, is now under official investigation.”

“Yet, here in Britain, we plunge blindly on. Real, hard questions need to asked about what exactly these relationships are and what they mean.”

7 comments

  1. Mz. Gronda, Is there any possibility (in your opinion) that Putin is in the process of creating a global empire of epic proportions? Why do you suppose that there is no real concern with hacking of the Asian nations? Could it be like a great beast that rose and took control of the world? I will admit that if I were going to build an empire, that King tRump would not be high on my list of people to lead part of the movement, then again perhaps it is a brilliant move on the part of Putin, as the King would not be difficult to control due to his ego…

    Good article, introduces us to yet another of the players in this power grab that has overtaken our nation. Thank you once more for your hard work.

    • Dear Crustylemothman,

      It is no secret that President Putin of Russia has expansionists dreams and part of his strategy would be to weaken the EU, and NATO. Remember the axiom, “divide and conquer”

      If President Putin was counting on DDT to deliver on anything, this was a poor chess move on his part.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. Thank you very much Gronda for this hard work.
    Long ago Farage ceased to be a comic figure amongst the moderate folk in the UK, being seen as the ‘respectable’ figure of Nationalism (I personally believe he hasn’t a notion of the type of forces he is unleashing).
    This was most interesting regarding Assange, I never really did buy into his Hero-Martyr-Truther persona. It feeds the following…
    Over here in Europe there is this line of thinking which runs ‘Whatever the US does is BAD. Anything else- It was funded by The CIA anyway, I know because I read it on the net’
    It’s a mirror image of your Alt Right, only cosplaying V for Vendetta.

    • Dear Roger,

      This alt-right has a strangle hold in the U.S. republican party. This is the party whose leader was playing footsies with the Russians.

      Is it so far fetched that when Nigel Farage was pushing for LeaveEU that he also was playing footsies with the Russians?

      With the exception of DDT and his ilk, the U.S. was not in favor of the Brexit movement.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Our experience of Farage is that Farage is for Farage and that everyone who agrees with him must have fallen under his spell.
        He is not wired to conceive the thought of being but a pawn in someone else’s strategies.
        Nor is your current president I fear.
        Russia will do as Russia needs to do, when she wakes up she always has done. Putin is dancing to a very old national tune.

        • Dear Roger

          Your Nigel Farage and our President Trump are cut from the same cloth. The good news is that Nigel Farage has not been elected to be your leader, but the bad news is that Americans voted for DDT to be the US president.

          Ciao, Gronda

        • When it’s all over (Someone might have to tell him it is not a lifetime job), less than dignified statues should be erected all over the US with the statement “Vote. Lest We Forget,”

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