Christopher Wylie rose to sudden international infamy when he blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s alleged stealing of the data of more than 50 million Facebook users. Now, Wylie says he is fully cooperating with U.S. law enforcement officials as the case continues to evolve.
Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Donald Trump campaign to conduct research and advertising leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The company has attempted to portray Wylie as a disgruntled former employee. However, Wylie claims the company was using stolen data to create advertisements that would sway voters in the direction of then-Republican candidate Trump.
Now, special counsel Robert Mueller has focused on the company’s relationship with the Trump campaign as part of his overarching investigation into the campaign’s possible collusion with Russian authorities.
Facebook admitted, as recently as late March, that Cambridge Analytica could very well have stolen data from as many as 87 million users, which is significantly more than the originally reported 50 million. In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Wylie said the actual number could be even higher than that and that any data collected by Cambridge Analytica could “be stored in various parts of the world, including Russia.” That’s because the University of Cambridge professor who took the information frequently travels the globe.
Facebook knew about the data breach as early as 2015, but did not take any action against Cambridge Analytica until the story came to light this spring.
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