Arron Banks threatens to sue thinktank over 'pro-Russian actor' claim

Arron Banks, the Ukip donor, has threatened to sue a Washington-based thinktank and three Conservative MPs over claims he is a “pro-Russian actor”. The businessman, who helped bankroll the Brexit campaign, issued a press release saying he was taking legal proceedings against Atlantic Council over its report entitled The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses.

The report mentions him under a heading of “pro-Russian actors” along with figures such as the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Ukip’s former leader Nigel Farage. A spokesman for Banks would not name the three Tory MPs who have also been issued with proceedings.

In a statement, Banks said the idea of him being a “pro-Russian actor” was a “sad little conspiracy which would be completely laughable if it wasn’t such an insult to the millions of ordinary people who are responsible for this modern revolution”.

“Having been beaten by the people at the ballot box in the Brexit referendum and the American elections, and with the economic armageddon they predicted nowhere to be found, the transatlantic establishment have retreated into a fantasy world where they only lost because of a global conspiracy between KGB spies and ultra-nationalist collaborators,” he added.

Banks was one of the first people to be granted a meeting with Donald Trump after the US presidential election, alongside Farage and aides.

In his account of the EU referendum campaign, the Ukip donor talked about meeting the Russian ambassador to…

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