BANNON SOUGHT ‘CUL­TURE WAR’ VIA IN­TER­NET

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON— US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­mer aide Steve Bannon sought to use per­sonal in­for­ma­tion col­lected on­line to pro­mote “a cul­ture war,” a whistle­blower on the now-de­funct po­lit­i­cal data firm Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica told US sen­a­tors on Wed­nes­day.

Bannon, for­mer Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica vice pres­i­dent, “saw cul­tural war­fare as a means to cre­ate en­dur­ing change in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics,” tes­ti­fied Christopher Wylie, who said in­for­ma­tion about tens of mil­lions of Face­book users ended up in Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica’s hands.

Bannon’s lawyer, William Burck, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to an e-mail re­quest for com­ment on Wylie’s tes­ti­mony.

Hack­ers

Wylie, who worked for SCL, the Bri­tish-based par­ent of Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, told the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee that Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica hired hack­ers to col­lect data it then used against op­po­nents of its po­lit­i­cal clients.

Al­le­ga­tions of the im­proper use of data for 87 mil­lion Face­book users by Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, which was hired by Trump’s 2016 elec­tion cam­paign, have led to in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the United States and Europe.

Bannon worked on Trump’s cam­paign and be­came a White House aide when Trump took of­fice in Jan­uary 2017.

Bannon left in Au­gust 2017.

Wylie on Wed­nes­day de­scribed dis­cus­sions at the com­pany about sup­press­ing the vote.—

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