Julian Assange: Cambridge Analytica Sought Help From Wikileaks
In light of recent revelations regarding data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and the unethical tactics CEO Alexander Nix appears to admit to an undercover Channel 4 News reporter, it is worth noting the admission of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last year that Cambridge Analytica approached him looking for Hillary Clinton's missing emails.
The request for Clinton's emails -- first reported by The Daily Beast -- took place prior to the November 2016 presidential election, according to Assange, but he insisted that no cooperation took place:
The Daily Beast report said: “Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange about his firm somehow helping the WikiLeaks founder 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. If the claims Nix made in that email are true, this would be the closest known connection between Trump’s campaign and Assange.”
At the time, the Trump campaign's executive director, Michael Glassner, sought to downplay any links between the campaign and either WikiLeaks or Cambridge Analytica, but information now available reveals that Glassner's statements were untrue:
“We as a campaign made the choice to rely on the voter data of the Republican National Committee to help elect President Donald J Trump,” he said. “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”