There’s a new report from The Guardian out this Thursday saying that the far right British politician Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into the possibly illegal ties of President Trump and his team to Russia.
Farage, in the description of the anonymous sources speaking to The Guardian, has found himself caught in between a rock and a hard place. He’s connected through interpersonal relationships to both President Trump and the founder and head of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.
Wikileaks, of course, was the main front for the distribution of emails that had been stolen from key U.S. Democratic leaders by Russia.
One of The Guardian’s sources put it like this:
‘One of the things the intelligence investigators have been looking at is points of contact and persons involved. 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.’
The Guardian says that in the summer of 2016, Trump associate and target of FBI investigation Roger Stone “bragged about having a ‘mutual friend’ who served as an intermediary between himself and Assange.” Farage knows both men, and met with Stone sometime around when Stone bragged about his “mutual friend.”
Stone has already attracted federal scrutiny on account of a tweet that he posted which seems to indicate foreknowledge on his part about a then-upcoming Wikileaks email dump.
Farage has also maintained close ties to Donald Trump personally throughout the businessman’s rise to power.
Farage isn’t just connected to Wikileaks; although the meeting may have been perfectly in line with regular order, Farage met with the Russian Ambassador to the U.K. in 2013, at around the same time that he was building his relationship with Steve Bannon, who would go on, of course, to become a top adviser to Donald Trump.
Farage, not unlike other Trump associates, has been coy about his 2013 meeting with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.