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Peer who doubted Obama's birth status is told: 'You're smoking crack'

By Rob Hastings

His theories are so unorthodox that the American DJ interviewing him thought he must be an eccentric "fake Lord" who had simply bought his title and had been "smoking crack".

But Lord Monckton is indeed a real peer – and really does believe that Barack Obama faked his birth certificate to become US President.

Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley and a former deputy leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip), has waded into America's "birther" controversy – backing the conspiracy argument that Mr Obama is ineligible for the presidency because of suspicions he was born outside of the US.

In a radio interview last week, Lord Monckton said he had made "independent investigations" and had "discovered that there are clear irregularities" in Mr Obama's status.

The claim was enough for the host, Geraldo Rivera, to say Monkton and his allies were "all smoking crack together".

The peer was an adviser to Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister. Ukip was unable to comment at the time of going to press.

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