It turns out that:
Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who bankrolled Nigel Farage’s campaign to quit the EU, had multiple meetings with Russian embassy officials in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, documents seen by the Observer suggest.
Banks, who gave £12m of services to the campaign, becoming the biggest donor in UK history, has repeatedly denied any involvement with Russian officials, or that Russian money played any part in the Brexit campaign. The Observer has seen documents which a senior Tory MP says, if correct, raise urgent and troubling questions about his relationship with the Russian government.
Remember, folks: Russian attempts to wedge apart the West don’t exist.
Well, okay, they exist. But they don’t matter.
If they matter, it’s only payback for supporting civil-society building NGOs in post-Soviet space.
Regardless, it’s all just
liberal hysteria designed to distract from how Hilary Clinton’s neoliberalism cost Democrats the election pro-EU neoliberal handwaving to distract from their own failure to secure a majority for Remain.
Carole Cadwalladr, who co-authored the story, breaks it down on Twitter.
Dear America, you need to get to grips with story dominating UK press. Today, we reveal how Russian ambassador groomed the funders of Brexit campaign with offer of sweetheart deal. That's the Brexit campaign led by Bannon friend & Trump ally @Nigel_Faragehttps://t.co/4ZRLW34kyO
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) June 10, 2018
There’s an interesting backstory involving Arron Banks’ ghostwriter, Isabel Oakeshott, sitting on the emails that show extensive contacts with Russia during the campaign.
There’s also been more reporting on how Russian oligarchs may have laundered financial support for the Trump campaign through the NRA. This mechanism for introducing foreign money into US campaigns is something that no one could have possibly foreseen, and which was clearly “mostly false” when Obama expressed concern about it.