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Cambridge Analytica Document Leak Exposes Mass Voter Manipulation

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Earlier this year a Twitter user called @HindsightFiles started to leak documents from Cambridge Analytica, the company that used 87 million Facebook users’ data without permission to manipulate elections for its clients. The documents released so far have revealed information about manipulated elections in Malaysia, Kenya and Brazil, and The Guardian reported today that this is just the beginning.

The anonymous leaker was eventually revealed to be Brittany Kaiser, an ex-Cambridge Analytica employee turned whistleblower. The released documents were the same ones that were subpoenaed by Robert Mueller’s investigation. Over 100,000 documents are set to be released over the coming months revealing voter manipulation on an “industrial scale” in over 68 countries.

Kaiser also starred in the Oscar-shortlisted Netflix documentary "The Great Hack," and seems to have decided to go public with these documents after Britain’s election last month, worrying that something similar could happen in the U.S. She said:

“It’s so abundantly clear our electoral systems are wide open to abuse. I’m very fearful about what is going to happen in the US election later this year, and I think one of the few ways of protecting ourselves is to get as much information out there as possible.”

The documents came from Kaiser's own email account and hard drive, according to The Guardian's report, and they contain a breadth and depth of information that goes far beyond what most people already knew about Cambridge Analytica.

Christopher Steele, the first Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, also commented on the leak to The Guardian, saying that the authorities have largely failed to punish the bad actors involved with Cambridge Analytica’s voter manipulation. Because of this, he said, other shadowy organizations have been emboldened to interfere in elections and sow social divisions.

Kaiser also noted that the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal was part of a much larger global operation that worked with governments, intelligence agencies, commercial companies and political campaigns to manipulate and influence voters, posing enormous national security implications.

Some of the documents that haven’t been published yet reportedly contain information about Cambridge Analytica working for a political party in Ukraine in 2017, even as Mueller’s investigation was taking place. The firm had developed a network of shell companies that allowed political donors to funnel dark money into political campaigns in the U.S. , Britain, and other countries.

Kaiser said that:

“There are emails between these major Trump donors discussing ways of obscuring the source of their donations through a series of different financial vehicles. These documents expose the entire dark money machinery behind US politics.”

Emma Briant, an academic at Bard College, New York, who specializes in investigating propaganda and has had access to the documents said that what has been revealed so far is just the tip of the iceberg. 

The full release of the documents should give everyone a clearer picture of what happened in the 2016 U.S. elections, as well as what could happen in the 2020 election, too, as well as in other countries where various parties work with such shadowy organizations to manipulate voters.

  • King_V
    Earlier this year?
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  • therickmu25
    Wait, is this the same Christopher Steele cited that with money from the Clinton campaign, put together a fake dossier on Trump in order to persuade public opinion and was then used by the corrupt FBI to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page?
    The same Clinton campaign that received hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine and Russia for pay to play through the Clinton foundation? Which has eerily all dried up since?

    Not the best of sources.
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  • King_V
    therickmu25 said:
    Wait, is this the same Christopher Steele cited that with money from the Clinton campaign, put together a fake dossier on Trump in order to persuade public opinion and was then used by the corrupt FBI to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page?
    The same Clinton campaign that received hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine and Russia for pay to play through the Clinton foundation? Which has eerily all dried up since?

    Not the best of sources.

    Your biases/blinders are showing, and intentionally repeating falsehoods is not a good look. Try to stick to the topic.

    That aside I thought the whistleblower was Christopher Wylie, though.
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  • TJ Hooker
    therickmu25 said:
    Christopher Steele Not the best of sources.
    He just commented on this leak, he's not the source.
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  • Giroro
    I have absolutely no idea what "voter manipulation" means in this context.
    How is it different than any of the other invasive targeted advertising on Facebook - other than maybe Cambridge Analytica didn't pay Facebook for the Facebook data that they used?
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