Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the Centre of privacy debate after allegedly stealing Facebook data of 50 million users, today rejected the whistleblower's testimony before the British parliamentary committee.
Christopher Wylie deposed before the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) in London amid an escalating row around alleged Facebook data breaches linked with the controversial UK-based company, which has also been linked with alleged attempts to influence elections in India.
"I mean India is so big, one state could be as big as Britain. But they do have offices there, they do have staff there", the 28-year-old added, on being probed further, PTI reported.
He said: "Very shortly after that meeting, they then engage AIQ", adding that his speculation was that the company was chosen because it would have "looked odd" if both Vote Leave and the separate Leave.eu Brexit campaign were both working with CA.
During his testimony, Wylie also implicated Canadian marketing and software development company AggregateIQ (AIQ) in helping sidestep Brexit campaign spending limits - an allegation that has also been made by whistleblower and former Vote Leave volunteer Shahmir Sanni, who has submitted documentation to the U.K.'s Electoral Commission.
To a question by an MP on the work done by CA in some of the world's largest democracies like India, Wylie said, "I believe their client was Congress but I know that they have done all kinds of projects...." You mentioned India as a prime source of business. According to Wylie, the firm had large-scale operations in India and even had an office here.
He also told lawmakers that his predecessor at SCL, the parent company, died under mysterious circumstances in Kenya.
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Wylie's testimony is the latest in a series of dramatic developments that brought together questions about Brexit, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, and the election of US President Donald Trump. "This was a breach of trust, and I am sorry", the back-page ads said.
The BJP attacked the Congress for teaming up with Cambridge Analytica for doing similar work during elections in India while the Congress blamed the BJP and Nitish Kumar's JD (U) for taking their help in various state elections starting from 2010. This has exposed Rahul Gandhi who was denying it all along.
Wylie told the UK Parliament that the Congress party was a client of the disgraced company.
Wylie said he began to realize the impact of the company's work when Trump won the 2016 US presidential election, and shortly after Trump's inauguration, he reached out to a reporter at The Guardian, initially as an anonymous source.
Cambridge Analytica was an example of "modern day colonialism", he suggested at one point.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, on Monday called for Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of the Facebook data and the possibility that that data may not have been not destroyed in 2015, as the data firm certified to the social media company.