In some pretty amazing video footage released by Channel 4 in Britain, the head of Cambridge Analytica is seen talking about really shady political shenanigans to entrap the opposition, including using prostitutes.
Here’s the report that was released today:
Here’s more from the Washington Post:
A British television station broadcast video Monday apparently showing the head of the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign, talking about using bribes, traps involving sex workers and other unethical tactics to swing elections around the world.
The broadcast by Channel 4 News offered no evidence that such methods were used during Cambridge Analytica’s work for the Trump campaign, which paid the firm at least $6 million. But the broadcast sparked a fresh round of questions about a company already embroiled in controversy about its use of personal information from tens of millions of Facebooks users — the vast majority of whom had no idea their names, likes and work histories had been collected for political purposes.
The report, which The Washington Post has not independently confirmed, relied on surreptitious video recordings of Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, claiming to have used “a web of shadowy front companies” in pursuit of winning elections.
Here’s what Cambridge says actually happened:
Cambridge Analytica elaborated in a statement, saying that it had posed a series of “ludicrous hypothetical scenarios” to determine whether the client was someone they should engage with.
“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” Nix said in the statement. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purpose. I deeply regret my role in the meeting and I have already apologised to staff. I should have recognised where the prospective client was taking our conversations and ended the relationship sooner.”
MSNBC is freaking out of course:
Exposed: In an undercover video Trump digital firm Cambridge Analytica is *caught on tape* touting dirty tricks pic.twitter.com/KH9QlnHf8y
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 19, 2018
In an undercover video, top officials from Trump digital firm Cambridge Analytica are exposed, saying facts don't matter in an election because "it's all about emotion" pic.twitter.com/BvmVUqNpNo— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 19, 2018
I’m gonna admit there’s just not enough info here to be certain about what happened, but it doesn’t look good for Cambridge Analytica.
Remember, this is the company that many say helped elect Trump, and it’s the one that has just been banned by Facebook for shady data gathering. AND it’s also been investigated for Russian links.