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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower appears before United Kingdom lawmakers

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Kristine Garrett | 27 March, 2018, 17:09

These employees said that their fellow workers were also nervous about breaking US campaign laws, and they added that Cambridge Analytica was providing "potentially inaccurate immigration documents" to their foreign employees who advised Republican campaigns.

The whistleblower behind the Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Christopher Wylie, is now appearing before United Kingdom lawmakers.

Signs for the company Cambridge Analytica in the lobby of the building in which they are based in London, England, on March 21, 2018.

In 2014, its leadership roster included President Rebekah Mercer, Vice-President Steve Bannon, and CEO Alexander Nix, a British citizen who, according to the New York Times, specializes in dirty tricks. The memo warns them that foreign nationals "may not play strategic roles" in USA political campaigns, including giving "strategic advice", but that foreigners can still "act as functionaries that collect and process data" as long as the final analysis of that data is conducted by US citizens.

But, the Post reports, both Cambridge Analytica and SCL "were overwhelmingly staffed by non-U.S. citizens"-mainly Canadians, Britons, and other Europeans, who made decisions based on the mining of Facebook data".

The complaint also cites an undercover investigation from Britain's channel 4 into Cambridge Analytica, where Nix is overheard saying the firm was responsible for handling all of the data, analytics, and targeting of the Trump campaign, and a report in the Washington Post that the firm assigned multiple foreigners to help Republican candidates with strategy and messaging in the 2014 midterm elections.

Foreign nationals are permitted to serve in smaller roles on a campaign, according to the Post.

It is no surprise that "The John Bolton SuperPAC" hired Cambridge Analytica for almost $1.2 million in August 2014, to harvest data from Facebook to profile voters.

The company did not immediately reply to requests for comment from ABC News about the newest claims of alleged violations of US election laws.

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