Last year, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix sought the help from WikiLeaks Julian Assange to learn more about Sec. Hillary Clinton's 33,000 missing emails.
Alexander Nix, who heads a controversial data-analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, wrote in an email last year that he reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails. On Wednesday, Assange confirmed that such an exchange took place.
If you recall, Cambridge Analytica is a data analytics firm that has been funded by Rebekah Mercer, daughter of Robert Mercer. Mercer, a hedge fund billionaire, donates heavily to the Republican Party.
Why did Nix contact Wikileaks?
Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange about his firm somehow helping the WikiLeaks editor release Clinton’s missing emails, according to two sources familiar with a congressional investigation into interactions between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Those sources also relayed that, according to Nix’s email, Assange told the Cambridge Analytica CEO that he didn’t want his help, and preferred to do the work on his own.
According to the New York Daily News, Mercer suggested that Nix create a searchable database of Clinton's hacked emails.
GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer emailed the CEO of a data science firm working on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to ask if the hacked Clinton-related emails published by WikiLeaks could be indexed in a searchable database, it has been reported.
Why might the Mercers so publicly back the Trump campaign?
Robert and Rebekah Mercer, a billionaire father-daughter duo that spent big to boost Trump’s presidential candidacy, are major investors in Cambridge Analytica. Robert Mercer co-manages a hedge fund that drew scrutiny from congressional investigators in 2014 for using questionable banking tactics to allegedly dodge paying upward of $7 billion in taxes.