Cyprus Mail
Britain

Farage ‘person of interest’ in Trump-Russia probe

Nigel Farage

Britain’s Nigel Farage, a leading Brexit campaigner, is a “person of interest” in the US investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian reported, citing unidentified sources.

The British newspaper said on Thursday that Farage had not been accused of wrongdoing and was not a suspect or target of the US investigation.

But it said the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party had “raised the interest” of FBI investigators because of his relationships with individuals connected to both the Trump campaign and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Farage told the Daily Mail: “I don’t believe it, I have no connections. I have never been to Russia. I have never had any business dealings with Russia.”

When asked about the Guardian report, a Ukip spokesman said it was absurd.

“To my knowledge, the only serious Russian politician that Nigel has spent time with is Garry Kasparov,” the spokesman said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has accused Assange’s Wikileaks of seeking to interfere in the US election when it distributed material hacked from Democratic National Committee computers during the 2016 campaign.

Pompeo said Russia’s GRU military intelligence service had used Wikileaks to distribute the material and concluded that Russia stole the emails and took other actions to tilt the election in favor of Trump, a Republican, over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Farage, who has campaigned for decades for Britain to leave the European Union, was a vocal backer of Trump. He met Trump in New York just days after the election and attended the inauguration in Washington.

Farage met Assange in March this year at the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up for five years.

Related Posts

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US, states, total in UK rises to 246

Reuters News Service

Sainsbury’s postpones Christmas parties due to Omicron emergence

Reuters News Service

UK’s Sunak plans to cut income tax or slash VAT before next election

Reuters News Service

‘Drunk and drugged-up thugs’ could have caused death at Euro 2020 final

Press Association

Sterling edges lower as dollar strengthens, eyes on BoE

Reuters News Service

Britain approves rules to help London catch up with New York in listings

Reuters News Service