Whistleblower Says Cambridge Analytica Worked With Congress; BJP Demands Apology From Rahul

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It was then that he "came to appreciate that the projects I was working on may have had a much wider impact than I initially anticipated it would", Wylie said, adding, "Donald Trump makes it click in your head that this has a much wider impact".

In an undercover report last week, Cambridge Analytica executives had been caught boasting that they, along with parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories, had worked in more than 200 elections around the world, including India, Nigeria, Kenya, the Czech Republic and Argentina.

In a major setback for the Congress party, Cambridge Analytica's former Director Christopher Wylie has said in his testimony to the House of Commons committee in the United Kingdom that the data company worked with the party during elections.

During his testimony, Wiley also said that the official campaign backing Britain's exit from the European Union had access to data that was inappropriately collected from millions of Facebook users.

He had been under pressure from lawmakers and the media to speak over data privacy.

IT expert Paul Olivier Dehaye, who gave evidence to the committee with Wylie, referred to the death of Wylie's predecessor Romanian national Dan Muresan, who had allegedly worked in India for the Congress.

Wylie, who left the company in 2014, said that he was concerned about the data's possible misuse in the 2016 USA election and that it might have been used to target specific voters with campaign ads.

He added: "I think it's completely reasonable to say that there could have been a different outcome in the referendum had their not been, in my view, cheating".

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"They don't care whether or not what they do is legal as long as it gets the job done", he said. The company also said it was 100-per cent Canadian owned and operated and was never part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL.

Earlier, the BJP had launched a scathing attack on the Congress and had questioned the party on its relation with Cambridge Analytica. "Aggregate IQ has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica". During his testimony, Wylie alleged that senior figures in Vote Leave had used BeLeave to "launder" money.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi after Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who blew the lid of the Facebook data-mining scandal, said that his former employers, Cambridge Analytica, had worked with the Congress party.

The company, Tel Aviv-based Black Cube, quickly denied the allegations and called them a "flagrant lie".

"You can't have targeting software that doesn't access the database".

He also stated that he might have some documentation on the company's work in India, which he could provide to the committee.

In a statement after his testimony, CA said: "Chris Wylie has misrepresented himself and the company to the committee, and previously to the news media".

"When you look at the accumulation of evidence", he said, "I think it would be completely unreasonable to come to any other conclusion than this must be coordination, this must be a common objective plan".

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