BANNON SOUGHT ‘CULTURE WAR’ VIA INTERNET
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.
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.—