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Ex-Trump aide Bannon promoted ‘tradition warfare’: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon sought to make use of private info collected on-line to advertise “a culture war,” a whistleblower on now-defunct political information agency Cambridge Analytica informed U.S. senators on Wednesday.

Bannon, a former Cambridge Analytica vp, “saw cultural warfare as a means to create enduring change in American politics,” testified Christopher Wylie, who says details about tens of thousands and thousands of Fb (FB.O) customers ended up in Cambridge Analytica’s palms.

Bannon’s legal professional William Burck didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail request for touch upon Wylie’s testimony.

Wylie, who labored for SCL, the British-based mother or father of Cambridge Analytica, informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that Cambridge Analytica employed hackers to gather information it then used towards opponents of its political shoppers.

Allegations of the improper use of information for 87 million Fb customers by Cambridge Analytica, which was employed by Trump’s 2016 election marketing campaign, have led to investigations in the USA and Europe.

Bannon labored on Trump’s marketing campaign and have become a White Home aide when Trump took workplace in January 2017. Bannon left in August 2017.

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Wylie, who has supplied experiences about how the agency used information Fb collected, on Wednesday described discussions on the firm about suppressing the vote, exploiting racial tensions, and testing marketing campaign slogans in 2014 to be used within the 2016 election.

“One of the things that did provoke me to leave was the beginnings of discussions of voter disengagement, I have seen documents reference and I recall conversations that it was intended to focus on African-American voters,” Wylie stated.

“The company learned that there were segments of the population that responded to messages like ‘drain the swamp’ or images of border walls or indeed paranoia about the ‘deep state’ that weren’t necessarily reflected in mainstream polling or mainstream political discourse that Steve Bannon was interested in to help build his movement,” Wylie stated.

One other witness who testified to the judiciary committee, Tufts College affiliate professor Eitan Hersh, stated he was “skeptical” of the effectiveness that such political messaging and focusing on. “No person is persuadable all the time,” he stated.

As a part of an investigation into U.S. allegations of Russian meddling within the 2016 U.S. election, Particular Counsel Robert Mueller is wanting into how Russian intelligence businesses timed and focused emails hacked from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and others. The Kremlin denies interfering within the U.S. election.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Enhancing by John Walcott and Grant McCool

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