Cambridge Analytica CEO Caught on Tape Boasting About Self-Destructing Email System: ‘No Paper Trail’


A day after Channel 4 News aired the second part of its exposé on Cambridge Analytica that featured CEO Alexander Nix and other executives bragging to an undercover reporter how the company could use Ukrainian sex workers to entrap politicians, the UK network released the third part. And there is a whole lot to digest.

In the conversations that were secretly taped between November 2017 and January 2018, Nix can be seen boasting that the data company was essentially responsible for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election win.

“We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy,” he bellowed.

Nix and other executives also discussed how they took money from pro-Trump Super PACs as well as the Trump campaign, running messages and ads for both the official presidential campaign as well as the outside political groups. Of course, it is illegal for there to be any direct coordination between official election campaigns and PACs.

But perhaps the most gobsmacking part of Channel 4’s report was Nix’s claim that Cambridge Analytica had a self-destructing email system that wiped out emails sent and delivered.

“No one knows we have it, and secondly we set our…emails with a self-destruct timer,” he boasted. “So you send them and after they’ve been read, two hours later, they disappear. There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing.”

Wow. Just wow.

Nix was also heard dismissing members of the House Intelligence Committee, noting that he spoke to the committee last year. He said GOP members only asked him a handful of questions for “five minutes.” Nix added that Democrats were dealing with “sour grapes” over the election results, stating they didn’t understand the candidate “is never involved — he’s told what to do by the campaign team.”

The reporter asked, “So the candidate is the puppet?”

“Always,” Nix responded.

Right as Channel 4 News released part three of their exposé, Cambridge Analytica announced it had suspended Nix.

Watch the clip above, via Channel 4 News.

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