Carole Cadwalladr, known for her reports during the Cambridge Analytica scandal and nominated for Pulitzer, faces the defamation lawsuit filed by Aaron Banks, who provided funding for the Brexit campaign.
For those who don't know, Cadwalladr, a Freelance journalist for the Guardian, was the first to draw attention to the dirty relations between Cambridge Analytica, Trump and Brexit. Assigned by the Trump campaign team to change the outcome of the US 2016 Presidential election, Cambridge Analytica also played an important role in the Brexit referendum, which the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union.
The company was tasked with changing the election results predicted by its detainees, and used millions of illegally purchased Facebook profiles to do so.
Cadwalladr's recent TED talk on the subject was viral. In his speech, Cadwalladr mentioned some evidence shared by the UK Parliament. According to this evidence, the prominent name of the Brexit campaign and businessman Aaron Banks, who funded the campaign, had held secret meetings with the Russian Government many times. Cadwalladr, in his speech, said that the role of Facebook in Brexit poses a threat to democracy. The video of the speech received more than 2 million views.
Cadwalladr's funding of the Brexit campaign and Nigel Farage, Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential Election campaign and the Russian intervention in the 2016 Presidential election were linked to Banks, the UK FBI was turned into an investigation by the National Crime Agency.
Banks then filed a lawsuit for defamation not only for the newspapers and publishers involved in the news, but also for Cadwalladr. The case focuses on the meetings of the Russian Government, which are also mentioned in the documentary The Great Hack Netflix, beyond claims of financial and political relations.
The Observer, TED, and Guardian have the resources to deal with this kind of case, but Cadwalladr, a freelance journalist, does not have enough funding to do so. Cadwalladr, who may face a penalty of millions of pounds, announced that it has launched a GoFundMe campaign to address this issue.
Arron Banks can't win. Journalists can't be bullied. We must & will fight back. I’m launching this today because we urgently need more journalism not less. The fight back starts here
– Carole Cadwalladr (carolecadwalla) August 2, 2019
Cadwalladr's lawyers say the case is unsubstantiated, but the Bank's legal costs, which are expected to be seven-digit, are enough to bring the journalist to bankruptcy. As a result of the case, Cadwalladr could be pushed to remain silent for months, saying that the Freedom of Press Association is a violation of the law and this is a step taken to silence journalists, he says.
Andy Wigmore, director of communications for Leave.EU, appointed Banks' spokesperson, says the case was opened to prevent Cadwalladr from continuing to make inaccurate and exaggerated claims.