The Observer — the Sunday edition of Britain’s Guardian newspaper — has today published a conspiracy-laden opinion column asserting there is “a spider’s web of relationships and networks of power and patronage and alliances that spans the Atlantic and embraces data firms, thinktanks and media outlets”.
Author Carole Cadwalladr admits her daily research into the subject sends her into “one long headspin”, while former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has taken to his Sunday morning LBC radio show to ridicule her claims.
Ridiculous claims in The Guardian are fake news. There is no grand conspiracy – they are just desperate. pic.twitter.com/e5Q7oSp0dk
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 29, 2017
The article reads:
What on earth was Farage doing advancing Calexit – Californian Brexit? And why did I find a photo of him hanging out with Dana Rohrabacher, the Californian known in the US press as “Putin’s favourite congressman”? The same Dana Rohrabacher who’s met with Don Trump Jr’s Russian lawyer and – wait for it – also visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. And who is now interceding on his behalf to obtain a pardon from Don Trump Junior’s dad.
(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)
In these post-truth times, journalists are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of water and a wet hankie. We desperately need help. We need public pressure. We need parliament to step up and start asking proper questions. There may be innocent answers to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them.