NEW: Paul Manafort associate who worked with Cambridge Analytica charged. Sam Patten worked with CA & AIQ on deeply dodgy Nigerian campaign. There’s a whole new can of worms here...theguardian.com/us-news/2018/a…
Patten’s business partner Konstantin Kilimnik cited by Mueller as ‘Person A’ with links to Russian intelligence. Patten employed by CA on campaign which used ex-Mossad agents to steal now-president of Nigeria’s emails. Employees claim weird similarities to later US election
And it’s notable to UK because this same campaign featured both data firms that worked on Brexit: Cambridge Analytica & AIQ. And yet we have no idea if any of this is being investigated or not. We know info has been handed to NCA. We don’t know if they’re pursuing it.
This is a good quote. @Arron_banks says the money for Brexit came from his "personal finances" into which "nobody has any insight". Yep.
What Britain doesn't seem to have grasped is that Brexit was financed on the never-never from an unknown source. The country is changing its constitution forever on the back of a set of mystery "loans" procured by a self-admitted liar. I mean tin-pot doesn't even cover this.
This is great from the Sun. I just wish they could see he’s backed & championed by the same US dark money interests who backed & championed Brexit. Same Steve Bannon. Same threat to British sovereignty
A re-cap. Bannon has new donors - US-based dark money Middle East Forum for one - but team now pushing Robinson was deeply involved in Brexit. Bannon opened @BreitbartLondon specifically to support @Nigel_Farage. He was VP of Cambridge Analytica. He’s up to his eyes in Brexit..
And here’s the high-priced US publicist who’s shilling for Robinson. It’s Bannon’s publicist. Bannon’s long-term PR Alexandra Peate is the head of this firm. And look at the clients.
They want to be treated like pantomime villains. That's the plan. Note: Electoral Commission found they broke the law & passed evidence to police. ICO investigation ongoing. National Crime Agency investigating Russia links - confirmed Fri by @commonsCMS. Evidence passed to FBI
Spamming the news cycle just shouldn't be this easy. He didn't even have the wit to ask the nonsense test the right sodding question. We don't think you took "funding from Russia" @arron_banks. We reported that you were offered sweetheart deals brokered by the Russian ambassador
Right. I've deleted the tweet in which I said I'd deleted the tweet..& to be clear the whole Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story began with Google propagating anti-semitic hate & Nazi sites. Also, fyi, they've never given a good account of why.. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
We have no idea how long Google was serving up violent anti-semitic hate when people were searching for terms like "jews" & "holocaust" but it seems probable it was throughout 2016. Google refused to acknowledge it had a problem. And this was the beginning of this entire story..
The tech giants have played a crucial role in fanning flames of anti-semitism & racism. And still haven't been held to account. Google changed its algorithm - eventually - in response to this series of articles..but never explained how this had happened..
How do you hold power to account? How? Because that's what journalism is supposed to do. But no-one is being held to account. These politicians lied. They lied and lied and lied. About immigrants. As one of their own was murdered. By a man who hated immigrants.
How do you hold power to account? How? Because that's what MPs are supposed to do. But the man who created this campaign isn't being held to account. In report published today @CommonsCMS describes his "contemptuous" behaviour as "unprecedented"
Vote Leave volunteer @shahmiruk posted screenshots yesterday that revealed Vote Leave prepared Facebook ‘dark ads’ to covertly target voters on day after Jo Cox murder - while publicly saying they’d ceased campaigning
The incredible cynicism of this. @jessphillips - Jo Cox’s friend - describes it as ‘utterly despicable’
Damning, damning, damning indictments...on @Facebook, Cambridge Analytica & Russia. Multiple recommendations for new laws. Big tech companies to be regulated. & calls for major police investigations. Including into Russian interference & @arron_banks theguardian.com/technology/201…
This is a landmark moment for Silicon Valley. British Parliament says the Wild West is over. The tech companies black boxes need to be opened to the light
To everyone writing about adverts, microtargeting, the law, Turkey, racists, Jo Cox today, never forget this graph. It's absolutely key. To everyone who says "Does advertising work?" Yes. Yes, it does.
This was Dominic Cummings' no 1 strategy: hold back the vast majority of his budget. And drop it right at the end. On digital ads. This was his Waterloo. It's also exactly when Vote Leave began pouring money into BeLeave. The graph above correlates exactly.
On June 19, Britain would have voted Remain. What changed Britain so directly, so dramatically, so invisibly?
Where he says "Fuck the charlatans" he actually means of course, fuck the elected representatives of this country & our parliamentary democracy."
To underline how much he holds sovereign British institutions in contempt - those ones he campaigned to free from Europe's suffocating yoke - he's released DCMS parliamentary report early. Most of his blog is shitposting me & he hasn't published my reply, but que sera...
And ANOTHER new can of worms! Look at this. According to @facebook, these ads were placed by "BrexitCentral/BeLeave". Only guess what? Brexit Central - whose editor-in-chief @matthew_elliott who was also CEO of Vote Leave - wasn't a permitted participant in the referendum...
So @brexitcentral wasn't a permitted participant. It didn't declare any donations. It didn't declare any spending. And it appears to have come up with this. An advert with no imprint on it. Completely anonymous. Completely dark. Completely illegal? @ElectoralCommUK?
Did you vote to be free, Britain? Free of British laws?? No wonder Dominic Cummings wouldn't come to parliament. No wonder @facebook didn't want to release this shit. This is truly toxic, dark, absolutely undemocratic shit at the heart of the biggest election we'll ever see
This is insane. This is one of dozens of Vote Leave ads that @facebook released to parliament today. That look completely illegal. There's no imprint on them. Nothing to say who paid for them. Or that they're even adverts. This is a whole new massive can of worms
1/of a shitload
Here's another question: legal? Or illegal?
It looks illegal to me. What say you @ElectoralCommUK? Your guidelines on this spelled it out, no?
Vote Leave ads released by @facebook to parliament today. £50 million if you can spot the words "vote" "leave" or "Brexit"
This was actually a crucial part of Vote Leave's strategy: data harvesting young male non-voters. It was also v likely illegal because the datasets released by parliament today show that BeLeave & Vote Leave - separate campaigns - shared the same audiences theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Oh yes. And this. By law, campaign ads must display imprints.
We've been pursuing @arron_banks since Feb last year. & we heard these specific allegations in Jan (from different source). Well done @Channel4News for pinning it down. And tribute to sustained digging from @opendemocracy & last night's BBC contribution by @ManveenRana
This is @arron_banks' schtick. That it's all a joke. That nothing sticks. But you know what will stick? Brexit. That's a one-way ticket. And he paid for it. It's VITAL now that we know how.
BOOM! That's it. Diamonds, Russians, illegal weapons, mercenaries, a military coup...the jig looks like it's finally up for @arron_banks. Report on @channel4news tonight. How you feeling, Arron? Sweaty?
So, @Arron_banks & @andywigmore's strategy is to treat this as a joke. This was Andy's WhatsApp response to me last night. And here they are leaking these serious allegations to Guido with this hilarious mocked-up comedy caper picture....
But it's not a joke. The "boom" is the sound of Arron's stash of assault rifles backfiring. This is the foundation that Brexit is built on. Arron's money bought Brexit. And bit by bit, we are learning how...
Part 2 hasn't yet appeared. Which suggests @Arron_banks is throwing his legal weight around. Is that right @ManveenRana? Meanwhile @channel4news has sent Arron a right-to-reply letter about his actions during 2014 coup in Lesotho...
More from @jimwaterson coming soon. But what’s so interesting is how fake Twitter hashtags led to real life fake protestors. And how London is at the centre of another battle for informational dominance. theguardian.com/world/2018/jul…
This is psy-ops. It’s what SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company specialised in. To those who said ‘They all do it.’ No, they don’t. This is not advertising. It’s not campaigning. It’s information warfare laid bare. And it’s what happened to us in UK & US in clumsy microcosm
Original reporting about payments to the politicians, was from @AdamRamsay & @petergeohegan who also wrote extensively on the non-producing diamond mines last year. Any news outlets following up, do the decent thing & credit! opendemocracy.net/uk/brexitinc/l…
This is fascinating. Is this a classic psy-ops in action? And if so, who’s behind it? Qatar actually has an Emir. And he’s already here. And there are already protests. And guess what? There’s a trending (fake?) hashtag in play.. gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qata…
Smell a rat? Which accounts are pushing this hashtag? Can someone pull them?
Incredible! @DominicRaab was on the campaign committee of Vote Leave. He is actually implicated in the breaking of multiple laws. Yet he has audacity to suggest these offences are being ‘used’ to discredit the result of the referendum. No, Dominic. Breaking the law discredits you
OH. MY. GOD. @DominicRaab is a lawyer! So lawyer involved in breaking law says it’s okay to break law because the law has now been broken...did I get that right, Dominic?
So confused by @DominicRaab’s incisive legal mind here. So these laws (which you & fellow ministers broke), these laws don’t matter? What matters is British laws for British people. Except for these ones. Is that it?
NEW: @shahmiruk blew the whistle on Vote Leave’s illegal overspending scheme. He was smeared, outed, silenced & lost almost everything. And no-one - not one of the directors in charge - has been held to account theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Don’t underestimate what @shahmiruk did for this country. What he gave up in coming forward. It’s why the attempts to cover it up are so troubling. And why the government ministers & advisers & senior politicians behind these illegal acts have not been called to account. Why?
Agh!! No. This is the BBC's editor of live political programmes. It's not "disputed". The Electoral Commission is the legal regulator and it found Vote Leave had broken the law. That's like calling a murder verdict "disputed". The murderer might dispute it but he's still guilty