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WSJ: FBI Contacted Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Wylie

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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie (Evan Agostini/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:13 PM

The ex-Cambridge Analytica staffer who first revealed the now-defunct political data firm improperly harvested data from millions of Facebook profiles said he has been contacted by the FBI, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie made the remark Wednesday just before he went before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify on Cambridge Analytica's operations and data privacy, the Journal reported. He would not answer other questions asked by reporters, the Journal reported.

During his testimony, Wylie, the former director of research for Cambridge Analytica and parent company SCL Group from mid-2013 to late-2014, told panel members the companies were "designed to activate some of the worst characteristics in people" and specialized in disinformation and propaganda.

President Donald Trump and two other GOP presidential campaigns contracted with Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 race.

Referring to Cambridge, Wylie also told the Senate panel he said he was concerned about "the level of engagement that the company had with Russia," the Journal reported.

Cambridge Analytica had numerous Russian contacts, he said, and pitched Russian companies. He said he viewed a white paper the company sent to Russia's Lukoil that lauded Cambridge Analytica's data assets in the United States, the Journal reported.

In February, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens and companies connected to the St. Petersburg, Russia-based Internet Research Agency, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election through social-media campaigns. But Wylie said he knows of no link between Cambridge Analytica or SCL Group and the Internet Research Agency, the Journal reported.

Also during the three-hour-long hearing, Wylie provided new details into the firm's more controversial practices, including discussions of voter suppression, targeting African-American voters, and testing of slogans in 2014 that would be later used throughout the Trump campaign in 2016, CBS News reported.

The whistleblower told lawmakers that former vice president of Cambridge Analytica and Trump ally Steve Bannon, "saw cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics," CBS News reported.

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The FBI has contacted the ex-Cambridge Analytica staffer who first revealed the now-defunct political data firm improperly harvested data from millions of Facebook profiles, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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