The National Crime Agency has concluded that Arron Banks and Leave.EU did not commit a criminal offence after the Electoral Commission referred allegations to them.
The NCA has full access to bank transactions and found nothing illegal or untoward. Carole Cadwallader’s absurd conspiracy theories have once again been found to have zero credibility – she should make a settlement offer this afternoon…
The conclusion reads as follows:
The NCA investigation has concluded that:
- Mr Banks took a loan from Rock Holdings Ltd, a company of which he is the ultimate beneficial owner. He was legally entitled to do so.
- Mr Banks was legally entitled, in his capacity as an individual, to release these funds to Better for the Country Ltd, by instructing another of his companies, Rock Services Ltd, to make the transactions on his behalf.
- Rock Holdings Ltd was not involved in these transactions in a manner which contravened PPERA.
The NCA has found no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed under PPERA or company law by any of the individuals or organisations referred to it by the Electoral Commission. It will therefore take no further action against Mr Banks, Ms Bilney, Better for the Country Ltd or Leave.EU in respect of this specific matter.
Despite successive recent defeats, the Electoral Commission have refused to back down, saying, “We urge the UK’s governments to act on those recommendations to support voter confidence”, today’s Electoral Commission defeat is another example of how it simply isn’t fit for purpose…
The National Crime Agency says it has not ruled out launching a probe after it received allegations about disgraced Keith Vaz’s property empire. Following a complaint from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, Britain’s FBI did not rule out looking into the situation and said it takes such matters seriously. The agency told Bridgen:
“I am sorry to have taken so long to reply and want to reassure you that the NCA takes all such allegations very seriously. I do, however, hope that you will understand that I can make no comment about what operational activity, if any, the NCA may take in response to the allegations against Mr Vaz.”
Mr Vaz denies the claims. Trouble may be ahead in Leicester East…
The National Crime Agency’s website is down this morning – notorious hacking collective the Lizard Squad are claiming responsibility. Last week the NCA arrested six people for purchasing “Stressed Out” software from Lizard Squad that can be used to attack and shut down websites.
No wonder they want help to break into your Snapchats, they can’t even keep their own website online…
UPDATE: The NCA are responding to the attack by throwing a pedantic tantrum.
— James Cook (@JamesLiamCook) September 1, 2015
In what can only be an attempt to rile drug dealers, nonces and privacy campaigners, the National Crime Agency claimed on Twitter today that they have cracked the dark web. Users connect to the shadowy internet backend using Tor, a network of relays that redirects user traffic, making it extremely hard to track users. Whilst it is well known that security agencies can use trickery to nail known online deviants, observing Tor users at will is technically unfeasible at the moment.
If you commit crime on the #DarkWeb there’s no hiding place. We can identify you, locate you and bring you to justice
— NationalCrimeAgency (@NCA_UK) February 18, 2015
Before making such grandiose claims, the NCA might want to have a chat with their mates at the NSA and GCHQ. They have spent years trying without success to crack TOR. High profile dark web users who have been busted, such as Ross Ulbricht, the guy who operated the Silkroad drug market, were caught after making a series of schoolboy errors that led law enforcement to them.
With the dark web nailed, maybe it’s time for the NCA to unencrypt Snapchat…