Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistle on that company’s nefarious activities in the 2016 election, told a Senate committee that Steve Bannon hired them in part to engage in efforts to suppress the votes of African-Americans.
Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistle on its alleged misuse of Facebook data, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the company offered services to discourage voting from targeted sections of the American population.
“Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica’s parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population,” Wylie claimed, referring to Trump’s former top political adviser Steve Bannon…After the hearing, Wylie told CNN that although he did not take part in voter suppression activities, he alleged that African-Americans were particular targets of Cambridge Analytica’s “voter disengagement tactics,” which he said were used to “discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting,” and that campaigns and political action committees requested voter suppression from Cambridge Analytica.
He didn’t go into specifics, but the DOJ has now launched an investigation into Cambridge Analytica, so hopefully the details on this will come out. Remember that Cambridge Analytica was created by the Mercers, billionaire backers of both Bannon and Trump. In fact, they were the ones who talked Trump into hiring Bannon as his campaign manager, and Bannon in turn who contracted with Cambridge to do their dirty work. I’m quite certain that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg on this story. It’s going to get worse.