Nigel Farage, a British politician known mostly as the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, visited the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, on Thursday. He is also one of the strongest supporters of United States president Donald Trump and a prominent advocate for United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. However, his visit is at least suspicious because Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks, has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012. He claimed asylum there in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he would have faced some sexual assault allegations. The British police forces have been keeping the building under close surveillance ever since.
An unusual meeting
According to news reports, Nigel Farage spent about 40 minutes inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Reporters asked him some questions about the nature of his visit while he was leaving the building, around noon. Christian Mitchell, the head of operations at the LBC radio station was alongside Farage. The politician chose to offer ironical responses saying that he could not remember the purpose of his visit. Also, he completely refused to answer any questions regarding Julian Assange and if they have any connection whatsoever. Farage finally stated that he never talks about where he is going or who he is talking with.
The controversial website WikiLeaks came back into the spotlight when it released a series of hacked emails belonging to the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Among those emails were also some from the Democratic National Committee. Many people familiar with the matter believed that this move was specifically orchestrated to damage Clinton’s chances to become president of the United States. By the looks of it, the plan succeeded.
The Assange connection
Julian Assange never went public to state that he was a Donald Trump supporter in the presidential race. However, seeing how WikiLeaks is his creation, he probably declared his sympathy when he allowed those emails to become public. Moreover, WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account defended Trump numerous times and even attacked some of his political opponents. After some time, the United States intelligence agencies stated that the leak containing the emails came from Russian players. Julian Assange immediately denied getting any information from Russia.
As for any existing links between Nigel Farage and Julian Assange, nobody knows about any. Farage is an ally and a close friend of Donald Trump. He even visited him last month at the White House and has appeared alongside him during his campaign. In his turn, Trump also praised Farage’s efforts to make the United Kingdom exit the European Union. Assange never publicly declared his support for Trump, but maybe, the United States president is exactly what links those two. It is possible that they grew close because of their fondness for Donald Trump. So, they decided to meet and discuss future plans. All in all, even if Farage refused to disclose the purpose of his visit, he obviously visited Assange. Why did he do that? It may forever remain a mystery.
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