Former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party and notorious Brexiteer Nigel Farage has been labelled a “person of interest” in the FBI’s ongoing Russia investigation. The investigation, now headed by a dedicated special counsel, is researching the possibility of a link between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin.
According to sources close to the investigation, Farage has become a focus in the investigation, owing to his close relationship with the Trump campaign, as well as with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Farage visited Assange in March this year. WikiLeaks and Assange released a substantial quantity of hacked emails during the presidential campaign, which harmed Hillary Clinton’s chances of being elected. John Brennan, former director of the CIA, believes that WikiLeaks may have cooperated with hackers in Russia through third party connections. During a congressional hearing, Brennan even claimed that when Russian officials and Assange denied working together, they were being disingenuous.
While Farage has not been accused of any wrongdoing and is neither a target of the investigation or a subject, U.S. officials believe he could hold some information about the case. By being a person of interest to the FBI, authorities suspect he may have information that they are unaware of. As a result, he could be subject to questions and scrutiny in the future.
Speaking to Fox Business on Thursday, Nigel Farage claimed that the story holds no weight. Farage told the network:
“Can I tell you, if ever I’ve seen an example of fake news, it’s this. It is total, hysterical rubbish. I’ve never even been to Russia. I’ve had no business dealings in Russia. I’ve nothing to do with Russia, whatsoever. This is the liberal elite who are bad losers, who are trying to find a way out.”
Sources close to The Guardian said that Farage’s proximity to the people already connected with the investigation is what peaked the FBI’s interest. The source stated that Farage seems to be connects to WikiLeaks, Assange, Russia, and Trump. The source also made note of Farage’s connections with notorious spin doctor and political operative, Roger Stone.
Stone acted as an adviser for Donald Trump before and during his election campaign, and he has previously admitted to having contact with a hacker that US intelligence believes works for the Kremlin.
A spokesperson for Nigel Farage said that he has never worked with any Russian Officials, and that the questions posed to him by The Guardian were “hysterical.” The spokesperson also declined to comment on whether Farage had ever received compensation for working with the Russian state media organization, RT. The media group has had Farage appear as a guest three times since the beginning of 2016. The press office for the FBI also declined to comment on the new revelations.
Nigel Farage was famously the first British politician to meet with Trump after he was elected president on November 8.