When former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage made an early morning visit to the Ecuadorian embassy in London’s Knightsbridge district, he could not have imagined its consequences. After all, he had made no announcement to the outside world, and was clearly taken aback when someone from BuzzFeed News, tipped off by an eagle-eyed member of the public, was there to greet him as he left.
Squeaky hung out to dry finger up the bum time
Farage would not say who he had been into the embassy to see, but as he was not about to travel to Ecuador, it was rather obvious that his errand had been a visit to Julian Assange, holed up there for more than five years now. He later confirmed this in an interview with Die Zeit where he was actually subjected to questioning, rather than afforded the fawning media treatment he gets all too often in the UK.
Also, Martin Longman asked in a Washington Monthly article if Farage had been Roger Stone’s intermediary, with this telling observation: “The reason people are so interested in Roger Stone’s connections to Julian Assange is because he is a longtime close associate of Donald Trump and business partner with his campaign manager Paul Manafort, and he freely admitted on more than one occasion that he had a backchannel to Assange that provided him with advance notice on (at least the general outlines) of what they would be leaking before they actually leaked it”. That back channel may have been Farage.
All of that should be borne in mind when considering the latest revelations to emerge from the media digging Stateside, where Betsy Woodruff has an exclusive for the Daily Beast in which she tells “Alexander Nix, who heads a controversial data-analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, wrote in an email last year that he reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails”.
This could be the end of a beautiful friendship
The “controversial data-analytics firm” was Cambridge Analytica. And we’ve all heard of them. The Trump Gang is reckoned to have paid them the thick end of $6 million for their services as part of last year’s US Presidential campaign. So what did the hermit of the Ecudorian embassy have to say about the claim he was approached? “On Wednesday, Assange confirmed that such an exchange took place”.
So how did CA “reach out” to Assange? Did they just pick up the phone and call the embassy? Bit risky. But a known go-between - Farage was known to the Trump Gang and many of their associates - would have worked just fine. And here a problem enters.
Had the Clinton emails been obtained by illegal means - however and whoever secured them for Wikileaks - then not only would that have been cause for anyone caught to be suitably indicted, but anyone looking to obtain them for further use would be an accomplice after the fact. It’s the equivalent of offering to receive stolen property.
If Farage was involved, he would therefore be in the mire big time. And it gets worse. The Daily Beast has now told “The Trump campaign on Wednesday attempted to downplay the role Cambridge Analytica played during the election … [it was claimed] The Republican National Committee was actually Trump’s ‘main source’ of data analytics … ‘Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false,’ the statement added”. Trump has thrown Farage under the bus. What a pal, eh?