Nigel Farage has been named a ‘person of interest by the FBI in their investigation into US President Donald Trump’s links to Russian politicians and intelligence agencies, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.
According to the Guardian’s sources, Farage had sparked suspicion through connections with other individuals known to be involved with both the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence, including Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The newspaper’s source said:
“One of the things the intelligence investigators have been looking at is points of contact and persons involved,” one source said. “If you triangulate Russia, WikiLeaks, Assange and Trump associates the person who comes up with the most hits is Nigel Farage.
“He’s right in the middle of these relationships. He turns up over and over again. There’s a lot of attention being paid to him.”
Nigel Farage visited Julian Assange, who has been in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge in London since he fled bail on rape charges in 2012, earlier this year. Assange played a vital role in Trump’s election victory, through strategically leaking thousands of emails- including many falsified and misleadingly truncated examples- at several points during the campaign. Assange attempted to stage a similar leak during the French Presidential election this year, but instead published thousands of crudely falsified documents.
Farage’s connections with longstanding Trump adviser Rodger Stone, who has himself admitted being in contact with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker and suspected Russian agent.
It is understood that Farage is not yet accused of wrongdoing in the case.
Farage released a statement titled ‘fake news’ in which he said that he considers it ‘extremely doubtful that I could be a person of interest to the FBI as I have no connections to Russia’.
To the contrary, the UKIP leader has praised Russian President Putin on numerous occasions since 2010, including in a TV debate against Nick Clegg and an interview for GQ magazine. Additionally, suspicions of financial relationships between UKIP and the Kremlin are not new. New leaked emails suggest that Farage has a long relationship wityh Assange, while he failed to say how often they had been in contact or what the nature of their relationship is.