Nigel Farage, former leader of the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party, is now being called a “person of interest” in the United States’ investigation into contact between aides in the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and officials in the Russian government. Farage called the reports of his potential involvement in the FBI investigation “extremely doubtful” and “fake news”, saying he had “no connections” to Russia. Farage’s spokesman also said that the reports, first publicized by The Guardian, were “verging on the hysterical”. The spokesman declined to answer on whether or not Farage has hired legal representation or on any compensation he may have received from Russia.
Sources say that Farage may be investigated for his relationship with Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks organization responsible for leaking hacked emails from the campaign of Trump’s opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Farage says that he has only met Assange once, but has avoided questions having to do with the time length of their relationship. Farage has also been linked in the past with Roger Stone, a long-time political adviser of Trump. Stone has been in contact with at least one hacker suspected to be a Russian secret agent. Of course, Farage is also famous for being a vocal supporter of both Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Farage developed a kinship with Trump over sharing similar political narratives.
Farage has not yet been accused of anything and is not a key suspect in the investigation. “A person of interest” only means that he many have some information about the matter being investigated, in this case the relationship between Trump’s aides and Russian officials. “He’s right in the middle of these relationships. He turns up over and over again. There’s a lot of attention being paid to him,” an anonymous source said of Farage.