Ex-Brexit leader Nigel Farage dismisses reports of ties to Russia, WikiLeaks as ‘fake news’

Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage invoked President Trump’s catchphrase Thursday when he claimed that it’s “fake news” to say he was involved in collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Farage was tabbed a “person of interest” in a Guardian report about the counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The report said that Farage was not accused of any wrongdoing but that officials believe he may have information relevant to the investigation.

Farage laughed off the reports during a Fox Business appearance.

“Let’s just face up to one simple fact,” said Farage. “The liberal elite could not cope with Brexit, were besides themselves with the election of Donald Trump, they can’t blame themselves, we’ve seen that with Hillary overnight lashing out at everybody. And because they can’t accept the revolution that happened in politics in 2016, they have to find a conspiracy theory that fits and it must be that the Russians have set the whole thing up so suddenly I am at the center of an international spider’s web, as if I’m somehow between Putin, Trump and Julian Assange.”

“If ever I’ve seen an example of fakes news, it’s this,” continued the British politician. “It is total hysterical rubbish. I’ve never even been to Russia, I’ve had no business dealings in Russia, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever. This is the liberal elite who are bad losers who are trying to find a way out.”

Nigel Farage leaves television studios in London on Thursday. (Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

Farage was one of the leaders of the Brexit movement in the United Kingdom and a Trump supporter, visiting the Republican National Convention, speaking at a Trump campaign event in Mississippi and meeting at Trump Tower during the transition. In 2014, Farage praised Putin as the leader he most admired.

“One of the things the intelligence investigators have been looking at is points of contact and persons involved,” one source told the Guardian. “If you triangulate Russia, WikiLeaks, Assange and Trump associates, the person who comes up with the most hits is Nigel Farage.”

Farage also laughed off the accusations on Twitter, writing, “In response to the Guardian article, it has taken me a long time to finish reading because I am laughing so much at this fake news.”

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