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Cambridge Analytica CEO Caught on Tape Bragging About Entrapping Politicians With Sex Workers

Earlier this week, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica — the data company that assisted Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and has recently been accused of stealing millions of Facebook users’ information — was trying to stop Channel 4 News from broadcasting what had been described as a devastating undercover report revealing CEO Alexander Nix describing salacious business practices. We now know why!

Channel 4 released part of its exposé today, and man, bombshell seems an understatement when describing it. In a series of secretly recorded conversations, Nix and other Cambridge Analytica senior executives are caught saying they could utilize sex workers and bribes to “entrap politicians in compromising situations.”

Nix was filmed saying that in an effort to dig up dirt on a political opponent, the company could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house.” He noted that the Ukranian sex workers they’d use “are very beautiful, I find that works very well.”

He was also recorded stating they’d offer marks a “large amount of money” and record the conversation so that it could be used on the internet later.

These conversations were filmed from November 2017 to January 2018, Channel 4 utilized an undercover reporter who posed as a “fixer” looking to get candidates elected.

Another executive, CA Political Global’s managing director Mark Turnbull, discussed how Cambridge Analytica could use some of this information it has obtained and spread it out via social media. Stating they just “put information into the bloodstream of the internet” and “give it a little push every now and then.”

“It has to happen without anyone thinking, ‘That’s propaganda’,” Turnbull said. “Because the moment you think ‘that’s propaganda’, the next question is, ‘who’s put that out?’.”

Recently, Facebook announced it had suspended Cambridge Analytica from using the social media platform for violating policies by using data to target voters for Trump during the 2016 campaign. The suspension came as outlets were ready to report on a whistleblower revealing the massive data breach.

In response to the report, a Cambridge Analytica spokesperson told Channel 4 News the following:

“We entirely refute any allegation that Cambridge Analytica or any of its affiliates use entrapment, bribes, or so-called “honey-traps” for any purpose whatsoever… We routinely undertake conversations with prospective clients to try to tease out any unethical or illegal intentions…”

The Channel 4 report adds that Part Three, coming tomorrow, concerns “the company’s work in the United States.”

Watch the report above, via Channel 4 News.

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