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Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:25 PM

New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica's Role in Brexit

Source: The New Yorker

By Jane Mayer
November 17, 2018 7:07 PM

For two years, observers have speculated that the June, 2016, Brexit campaign in the U.K. served as a petri dish for Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign in the United States. Now there is new evidence that it did. Newly surfaced e-mails show that the former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and Cambridge Analytica, the Big Data company that he worked for at the time, were simultaneously incubating both nationalist political movements in 2015.

Emma Briant, an academic expert on disinformation at George Washington University, has unearthed new e-mails that appear to reveal the earliest documented role played by Bannon in Brexit. The e-mails, which date back to October of 2015, show that Bannon, who was then the vice-president of Cambridge Analytica, an American firm largely owned by the U.S. hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, was in the loop on discussions taking place at the time between his company and the leaders of Leave.EU, a far-right nationalist organization. The following month, Leave.EU publicly launched a campaign aimed at convincing British voters to support a referendum in favor of exiting the European Union. The U.K. narrowly voted for the so-called Brexit in June, 2016. The tumultuous fallout has roiled the U.K. ever since, threatening the government of the Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Bannon did not respond to requests for comment. But his name and private e-mail address appear on the chain of three e-mails in October, 2015, between Brittany Kaiser, the director of program development at Cambridge Analytica, and Arron Banks, who headed the Leave.EU campaign and referred to himself in the title of his memoir as one of “The Bad Boys of Brexit.” Banks could not be reached for comment regarding the e-mails, which were first published Saturday by the British Web site openDemocracy.

The precise role played by foreign entities in promoting and possibly funding Brexit has been clouded in mystery and controversy. British law forbids foreign contributions to its political campaigns—just as U.S. law bars foreign campaign contributions. The laws are designed to prevent international manipulation of domestic affairs. Executives working for Cambridge Analytica, which filed for bankruptcy this spring, have categorically denied that the firm was paid to do any work for the Leave.EU campaign. The new e-mails do not contradict that, but show that, even if the firm was not paid for its services, it laid some of the early groundwork for the Leave.EU campaign. The e-mails show that Banks and others in the Leave.EU leadership met with Cambridge Analytica executives in 2015, and discussed what Banks called a “two-stage process” that would “get CA”—Cambridge Analytica—“on the team.”



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Reply New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica's Role in Brexit (Original post)
swag Nov 2018 OP
dalton99a Nov 2018 #1
bronxiteforever Nov 2018 #2
JDC Nov 2018 #3
Eko Nov 2018 #4
Mrs. Overall Nov 2018 #5
Grasswire2 Nov 2018 #7
luvtheGWN Nov 2018 #20
Grasswire2 Nov 2018 #6
2naSalit Nov 2018 #8
LiberalFighter Nov 2018 #9
SunSeeker Nov 2018 #10
BigmanPigman Nov 2018 #11
reACTIONary Nov 2018 #13
Hekate Nov 2018 #12
backtoblue Nov 2018 #14
mastermind Nov 2018 #15
flibbitygiblets Nov 2018 #16
FakeNoose Nov 2018 #17
yardwork Nov 2018 #19
FakeNoose Nov 2018 #21
yardwork Nov 2018 #24
FakeNoose Nov 2018 #25
yardwork Nov 2018 #29
brush Nov 2018 #27
FakeNoose Nov 2018 #28
Scurrilous Nov 2018 #18
Initech Nov 2018 #22
duforsure Nov 2018 #23
ewagner Nov 2018 #26

Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:35 PM

1. Kick

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:39 PM

2. Kick and recommend for visibility of this evil

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:41 PM

3. No surprise. Farage is definitely mixed up in this also.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:42 PM

4. K&R bigtime.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 08:58 PM

5. I've always felt there was something odd between Brexit and the Trump campaign.

I think much more will come to light.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:06 PM

7. yes

The corruption that's eventually revealed will be staggering.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:11 AM

20. Boris is the connecting link.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:05 PM

6. Jane Mayer, always good nt

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:06 PM

8. K&R

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:19 PM

9. The way I would interpret British law based on the article

the work by Cambridge Analytica along with Bannon would be considered a foreign contribution.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:29 PM

10. K & R for exposure.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:30 PM

11. I thought we already knew this info.

Didn't this come out before, especially when Cambridge Analytica was busted last year?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:40 PM

13. I'm pretty sure you are right.....

.... I think the only novelty here is some new emails that were uncovered .

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:36 PM

12. KnR

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Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:42 PM

14. K&R!

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:04 PM

15. this is why i was so pissed off at maher for having this pig on his show

 

everyone knows he has been working for putin and anyone who gives him airtime is doing the same.

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Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:05 PM

16. Can't wait for this gin-soaked parrot wearing 3 shirts to be sitting behind bars for good

and yeah, we already knew all this

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:12 PM

17. This doesn't surprise me at all

But I would like to know why Robert Mercer had a dog in that race.
Why were Mercer and Bannon in cahoots with Putin?

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 11:14 PM

19. Read The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder.

It's very illuminating.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:39 AM

21. OK thanks for the tip

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #21)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:30 AM

24. I'm telling everybody I know about it. It's shocking.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #24)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:38 AM

25. I'm guessing maybe you've read these books

Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean
Dark Money by Jane Mayer

They're both great reads and sort of along the same lines. I swear so many great books have come out in the last year, I can't even keep up!


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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #25)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 11:47 AM

29. I'm reading Nancy McLean's book right now!

I haven't read Dark Money yet.

Tim Snyder is an expert on European history. His book tells us what Putin is doing and why. It dovetails with what McLean tells us about the U.S.

These two groups of people teamed up to essentially take over the world so that they can control all the money.

They're using everything - politics, religion, philosophy, social media, propaganda - to take over.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 11:05 AM

27. The link between Bannon and Putin is Alexander Dugin.

"A former banker turned film producer and right-wing polemicist, Bannon has praised not only Russian President Vladimir Putin but also a brand of Russian mystical conservative nationalism known as Eurasianism, which is the closest the Kremlin has to a state ideology. Eurasianism proclaims that Russia’s destiny is to lead all Slavic and Turkic people in a grand empire to resist corrupt Western values. Its main proponent is Alexander Dugin, a Russian political scientist. Dugin’s philosophy glorifies the Russian empire—while Bannon and the conservative website he formerly led, Breitbart News, revived the “America First” slogan, which Trump later adopted in his campaign."

https://www.newsweek.com/steve-bannon-donald-trump-jared-kushner-vladimir-putin-russia-fbi-mafia-584962

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Response to brush (Reply #27)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 11:17 AM

28. OK thanks for this

I wasn't aware that Robert Mercer is on board this train also.


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Response to swag (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 10:25 PM

18. K&R

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:47 AM

22. It's all connected.

Brexit, Trump, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Steve Bannon, everything is linked to everything, it is a very tangled web right now.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 08:09 AM

23. Bannon,

The same guy trump sent to Austria to meet with the neo nazi's there. He's a antagonists promoting hate groups around the world to use them to divide people with for political reasons. Like they've done with Brexit for putin.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:39 AM

26. Bannon...and Mercer

Both need to be on trial!

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