Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie continued to shine light on the data consulting firm’s practices this week, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s intention was to discourage or suppress certain blocs of American voters – particularly African Americans.
"Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica's parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population," Wylie claimed, referring to Trump's former top political adviser Steve Bannon.
Wylie did not provide specific evidence of voter suppression campaigns taking place in the US. But when asked by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, if one of Bannon's "goals was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the US from voting," Wylie replied, "That was my understanding, yes."
Speaking with CNN, Wylie said he had not been involved personally with voter suppression efforts but that African Americans were specifically targeted by "voter disengagement tactics.”
Wylie also said that such tactics were requested by campaigns and political action committees making use of Cambridge Analytica’s services.
In testimony before the House last month, Wylie told a similar story, saying that Bannon hoped to devise methods for “discouraging particular types of voters who are more prone to voting for Democratic or liberal candidates”.