The Cambridge Analytica scandal is way from over. New explosive details leaked by a whistleblower shows that the extent of the rot is way deeper than previously thought.
An anonymous Twitter account, @HindsightFiles, has started releasing the documents, apparently on behalf of Brittany Kaiser, a former employee of the now-defunct British data analytics and consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
“Democracies round the world are being auctioned to the very best bidder. We release the documents that specify how,” reads the biography of the @HindsightFiles.
The documents will reveal previously unreleased emails, project plans, case studies, negotiations and more spanning over 60 countries.
“Over the past two years, I even have given evidence to investigators, journalists and academics to analyse what happened at Cambridge Analytica, and the way our data was wont to influence democracies round the world. within the name of shedding light on these dark practices, i’m releasing documents and emails fully for the general public good,” Ms Kaiser, who worked with Cambridge Analytica from 2014 to 208, was quoted as saying.
“I do that to strengthen the case for data rights and enforcement of our electoral laws online globally. we should always all be seeking more ethical digital future for ourselves and our youngsters ,” added Ms Kaiser who starred within the Oscar-shortlisted Netflix documentary “The Great Hack”.
The details released thus far includes links to material on the firm’s activities in Malaysia, Kenya, Brazil and Iran, an addition to the toilet Bolton archive.
Over subsequent months, quite 100,000 documents concerning add 68 countries are set to be released, consistent with a report within the Guardian.
More than one and a half year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal first became public, US regulators last month said that the now-defunct British data analytics and consulting firm engaged in deceptive practices to reap personal information from tens of many Facebook users for voter profiling and targeting.
According to Ms Kaiser, the Facebook data scandal was a part of a way bigger global operation designed to control people together with governments, intelligence agencies, commercial companies and political campaigns.
The unpublished documents contain material that means the firm collaborated with a party in Ukraine in 2017 even while under investigation as a part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 US presidential election, said The Guardian report.
“There are emails between these major Trump donors discussing ways of obscuring the source of their donations through a series of various financial vehicles. These documents expose the whole dark money machinery behind US politics,” Ms Kaiser was quoted as saying.
Similar tactics were deployed in other countries that Cambridge Analytica operated in, including Britain, she claimed.
The files released by Ms Kaiser suggest that Cambridge Analytica offered to assist United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the party of Malaysia’s Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, to influence the voting of 40 parliamentary constituencies within the 14th election (GE14) in 2013.
Umno, consistent with the leaks, requested the corporate to organize a proposal to regain 13 seats, The South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.
In 2018, Najib Razak claimed that he had never engaged Cambridge Analytica in any way.