When British white nationalist politician Nigel Farage was spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London yesterday, he wouldn’t say why he was there. But emails obtained by Business Insider show that Farage has been lobbying on behalf of Assange and WikiLeaks for a long time.
“In February 2011, after a European Arrest Warrant had been issued in a case in which prosecutors sought to question Assange in connection with a sexual-assault allegation, UKIP repeatedly reached out to Assange to see how they could work together,” writes Adam Bienkov.
Gerard Batten, a member of the European Parliament and Farage’s anti-European UKIP party, tried to hold a debate over the arrest warrant for Assange. He argued that the United States was behind the warrant in a scheme to extradite Assange, who is accused of raping a female fan in Sweden. Appearing on the Kremlin propaganda outlet Russia Today, Batten even called the warrant a “legalised kidnap.”
One month later, UKIP “organised a House of Lords event on the European Arrest Warrant with Assange’s lawyer as the star guest,” Bienkov says.
Since then, Farage has led the Brexit movement to narrow electoral victory in the United Kingdom, threatening European unity to the delight of Moscow. Asked to name his favorite world leader, Farage has consistently praised Russian president Vladimir Putin. He has also emerged as a strong supporter of Donald Trump.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer questions yesterday about Farage’s visit with Assange, but the UKIP leader has been seen close to Trump on multiple occasions since November.
Despite the fact that WikiLeaks is hosted on servers in Moscow, Farage has repeatedly denied Assange’s links to Russia, or that Russian intelligence provided the supposed “transparency” group with emails hacked from Democratic Party organizations in the United States.
All of this follows a Wednesday article at The Smoking Gun.com detailing contacts between Trump friend Roger Stone, a right wing ratf*ker who once worked for Richard Nixon, and “Guccifer 2.0,” an online persona created by Russian intelligence in order to publish stolen documents under a thin veneer of plausible deniability during last year’s election.
As Martin Longman explains at Washington Monthly, Nigel Farage is the most likely link between Stone and Assange. In fact, Stone sent out this tweet on the exact day that he claimed to have been in touch with Assange:
When I had dinner with Nigel Farage who lead the Brexit campaign in the UK he told me the polls had been rigged in that fight. MSM trick.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 8, 2016
Of course, Farage was spotted visiting Assange on the very same day that WikiLeaks dumped a huge file of stolen CIA cyberwarfare documents, carefully framing them as some sort of “proof” that Russian intelligence was not involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton ally John Podesta.
These coincidences are now too numerous to ignore. “If a grand jury hasn’t been convened, one surely should be at this point,” Longman wrote. Now that we have evidence of how far back the Farage-Assange relationship really goes, a truly independent inquiry is more needed than ever.
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