Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Congress on Wednesday that the firm used by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says FBI may have placed spy in Trump campaign Giuliani: There is ‘nothing illegal about looking for dirt on political opponents’ Giuliani: If Mueller subpoenas us, we will challenge it MORE ‘s campaign in 2016 engaged in “voter disengagement” tactics targeting black Americans.
In an interview with CNN after his testimony, Wylie said that Bannon, who held a position on the firm’s board before joining the Trump campaign, directed the firm to research suppressing the vote among black Americans.
Other liberal demographic groups were also targeted, Wylie said.
“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 said Wednesday.
That information is then used to “discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting,” he added, including African-Americans, which Wylie says were particular targets of the operations.
During the hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wylie was asked by Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsCongress, Trump eye new agency to invest in projects overseas On World Press Freedom Day, elected officials must commit to keeping press freedom nonpartisan Overnight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Del.) whether Bannon’s goal “was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the U.S. from voting.”
“That was my understanding, yes,” Wylie replied.
Wylie made headlines earlier this year when he revealed that as many as 87 million people may have had their data scraped up by Cambridge Analytica without their consent as a result of a third-party application.
The resulting press was devastating for Facebook and led to CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Senate votes to save net neutrality | Senate panel breaks with House, says Russia favored Trump in 2016 | Latest from Cambridge Analytica whistleblower | Lawmakers push back on helping Chinese tech giant Zuckerberg to appear before European Parliament Dem urges House Oversight to subpoena Cambridge Analytica MORE ‘s testimony on Capitol Hill. In early May, the data firm announced it was shutting down over the media coverage.