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Parliament Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says predecessor is thought to have been murdered

A WHISTLEBLOWER who worked for data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) told MPs today that his predecessor was thought to have been murdered in Kenya after a “deal went sour.”

Political strategist Christopher Wylie was giving evidence to the digital, culture, media & sport committee in its investigation over CA’s mining of Facebook users’ data to influence elections, which the company denies.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has declined to give evidence. He is also under pressure to testify before the US Congress.

In a letter he said that he will send a senior Facebook executive to Parliament next month. But committee chairman Damian Collins said he must give evidence either in person or via video-link.

“I would certainly urge him to think again if he has any concern for the people who use his company’s services,” he added.

Mr Wylie told the panel that he had heard that Kenyan police were bribed not to enter his predecessor Dan Muresan’s hotel room for 24 hours after his body was found there. Mr Muresan was working on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaign in 2012.

He added: “What I heard was … when you work for senior politicians in a lot of these countries, you don’t actually make money in the electoral work, you make money in the influence-brokering after the fact — and that a deal went sour.”

His exposure of CA has triggered probes into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Brexit campaign organisations Vote Leave and BeLeave.

Mr Wylie told the committee that AggregateIQ, employed by Vote Leave to provide targeted marketing during the EU referendum campaign, had been set up by SCL (formerly Strategic Communication Laboratories), CA’s parent company.

He claimed that SCL had been involved in the distribution of medical records and emails of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that were hacked by Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube when he was running for office in 2015.

 “Anti-Islamic” videos designed to intimidate Mr Buhari’s supporters were also circulated showing dismembering and people being burned alive. In a statement after the hearing Black Cube said that it has always operated within the law.

 

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