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    UKIP's Farage Keeps Quoting Europol Chief, Who Keeps Telling Him to Stop

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    Rob Wainwright - the head of the EU's law enforcement agency Europol - has repeatedly asked UKIP leader Nigel Farage to withdraw statistics attributed to him.

    Mr Farage made the claim at a debate in May, that Wainwright said 5000 jihadists had traveled to Europe as a result of flawed migration policy. Rob Wainwright was quick to rebuke the UKIP leader's claim.

    Mr Farage apparently did not heed the request however, as he repeated the claims at an ITV debate this week, leading to Rob Wainwright repeating his request that Nigel Farage stop misquoting him:

    "I suspect less than one third have [entered the EU] and of those the largest proportion are unlikely to pose a terrorist threat… There is no basis in fact, not even false media reporting, for this point."

    He has suggested that Farage was relying on a falsified quote, published in a German newspaper, that had been discredited in February.

    The original quote which Nigel Farage had referred to, emerged from a misquote in a German newspaper, which Mr Wainwright called "a fake source," adding that:

    "Europol complained to the paper and asked it to correct the false information, which it promptly did in the online version."

    Rob Wainwright has previously argued against a Brexit vote, saying that such a move would be a "serious miscalculation," as cooperation between police and intelligence agencies throughout the EU strengthens the UK's defenses against terrorism.

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