A British Labour MP claimed that murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica which he said is linked to the company which plays a leading role in the sale of Maltese citizenship to the global rich.
“She was also investigating Cambridge Analytica and Henley and Partners. Henley and Partners is a company that sells citizenship in Malta,” Ben Bradshaw said during a debate in the House of Commons on the EU referendum and alleged breaches of electoral law.
Calling for caution, Bradshaw said: “I have received other information which is related to this, which is new, which also really concerns me.”
Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica used people’s Facebook data for political campaigning and has been linked to US President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Vote Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum.
Bradshaw added, “And there are other links here, with the Legatum Institute, concerns about which I have already raised in this House several months ago.”
The institute emerged as one of the most vociferous supporters of Brexit.
Legatum’s founder Christopher Chandler and Mark Stoleson, the chief executive of the Legatum Group, opened private accounts at Pilatus Bank which they said were used for the sole purpose of buying a Maltese passport.
Bradshaw said these matters need to be looked into “incredibly carefully,” and called on the British government to provide Maltese authorities “the full support and co-operation they need from our law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies.”
Stoleson, the chief executive of the Legatum Group, is suing The Shift News for an article that revealed he had an account at Pilatus Bank, together with Chandler. While Henley and Partners have threatened The Shift News with a SLAPP lawuit in the US and the UK over an article that stated the company was involved in a diplomatic passports scandal in Grenada.
In a report published on Tuesday, British political magazine The Spectator also linked the two companies.
According to an article entitled ‘Revealed: Cambridge Analytica and the passport king’ Alexander Nix, the suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica and the chairman of Henley and Partners, Christian Kalin collaborated in a number of electoral campaigns in the Caribbean.
The magazine said it has seen documents that offer “startling insights” into Kalin’s activities and his links to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL Group).
“About 10 years ago Kalin struck up a relationship with the now notorious Alexander Nix of Cambridge Analytica: not a ‘formal working relationship’, his company says, ‘we did, however, exchange some information and ideas with a view to better understanding the political landscape in the Caribbean.’ SCL worked on a successful campaign to win the 2010 general election in St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean, where a ‘citizenship-by-investment’ programme, pioneered in 2006 by Henley and Partners, had brought millions to the region,” the article reads.
Dubbing Kalin ‘Mr Passports,’ The Spectator said that in 2010, SCL and Kalin also worked together on the election campaign in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
“There, they worked with Arnhim Eustace, leader of the opposition. SCL billed Eustace’s New Democratic Party (NDP) more than $4 million, including $100,000 for ‘counter operations’.”
In emails seen by The Spectator, Kalin describes to Eustace what ‘we could do with you once you are in government’.
“He even goes on to suggest what the candidate might say in his campaign. ‘You might wish to discuss this with your strategists,’ he tells Eustace, ‘and think about what you may wish to include in your propaganda (having used this word, the below points are not propaganda but is very much a reality if you let us do it). If there is an acceptable government in place (i.e. NDP) you can count on the following.’”
Henley and Partners denied any wrongdoing and insisted it does not get involved in political campaigns. The Spectator said “such promises are not necessarily illegal, nor are they even corrupt.”
The magazine also noted Daphne Caruana Galizia’s harsh criticism of the Maltese cash-for-passports scheme and the legal threats she received from Henley and Partners.