Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie alleged that the company he worked for was operating voter suppression campaigns during the 2016 election.
According to a CNN report, while testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wylie said that the company offered clients a service of discouraging targeted people in the American populous from voting.
“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 told the senate, about the former top advisor to President Donald Trump.
The former Cambridge employee didn’t provide specific evidence of the claim nor examples of where it was done in the United States. However, when asked by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) if Bannon’s goal “was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the US from voting,” Wylie confessed, “That was my understanding, yes.”
Following the hearing, CNN asked if Wylie ever participated in any voter suppression tactics while at the company, and he said he did not. He noted that African-Americans specifically were targets of Cambridge Analytica’s “voter disengagement tactics.” he explained that they were used to “discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting.” It was a service that he said campaigns and political action committees (PACs) specifically requested.