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WASHINGTON – Cambridge Analytica's whistleblower Christopher Wylie told the House Democrats that former Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon used the company's research to hold the Democrats out of the 2016 election. 19659007] Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked Wylie at a closed meeting on Tuesday whether Bannon had spoken explicitly about voter disempowerment or withdrawal.
"Yes," answered Wylie. According to the transcript published by the Democrats. "If you mean discouraging certain voters who are more susceptible to Democratic or Liberal candidates, if that's what you mean, then yes."
Bannon could not be reached on Wednesday. Republicans on the committees did not join the Democrats when they questioned Wylie on Tuesday. Wylie testified before the Democrats on Wednesday about the Intelligence Committee
Facebook has recently announced that it has suspended Cambridge Analytica, claiming that the political consultancy has up to 87 million information on a personality science quiz app from Global Science Users backed research. Cambridge Analytica used this data to target voters during the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg testified for about 10 hours on Capitol Hill earlier this month when lawmakers urged him to explain why the company did not do more to protect users' privacy. Facebook announced the massive invasion of privacy after Wylie told reporters what had happened.
Wylie told the Democrats this week that Bannon had already coached Cambridge Analytica in 2014 to test messages such as "Build the Wall" and "Swamp." "This later became the main slogan of the Trump campaign, and served as vice president and secretary of Cambridge Analytica from June 2014 to August 2016 before joining the Trump campaign.
" Some of the things that came out of it "My understanding was that, Drain the Swamp" was literally tested and used in some of the news stories, "testifies Wylie." (Border) Walls were discussed. "
Wylie testified that Bannon's 2014 Cambridge Analytica to test pictures and concepts for an American audience regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian expansion in Eastern Europe, he said Putin was the only foreign leader used in the tests.
White House former consultant Steve Bannon delivers a speech during the French far-right Front National (FN) party congresses on March 10, 2018 in Lille, France. [Photo: Sylvain Lefevre, Getty Images]
"I can not explain why they chose Vladimir Putin to talk in focus groups or test messages or make models, and why that would be" For Steve Bannon says it's useful, "Wylie told members of the committee.
According to Wylie, Bannon said he did not care if Cambridge Analytica created and advertised campaign ads contained false information because he was trying to win a" cultural war. " 19659007] "Cambridge Analytica was set up to be essentially a full-service propaganda machine," said Wylie.
Wylie said Michael Flynn was a consultant for Cambridge Analytica and was commissioned to "open doors Flynn was an Advisor to the Trump Campaign and later served as Presidential Security Advisor before Trump accused him of being Vice President President to have Mike Pence lied about his talks with the Russian ambassador.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI's contacts with the Russians and cooperates with special adviser Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
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