It looks like the real collusion and real criminality has finally come out and to many people’s surprise, it didn’t come from Russia.
Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based data broker that helped Trump during his presidential campaign, got busted for some extremely bad things — and unlike the Bernie Sanders in a G-String meme that some Russian kid posted on Facebook, this is actual criminal stuff.
Alexander Nix, CEO of the company, was recorded bragging about how his organization would use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians or dig up dirt on them for their political opponents. Nix explained that his company would “send some girls around to the candidate’s house,” and he remarked that they would use Ukranian ones because they “are very beautiful,” and he found that they worked very well. The company would also offer large bribes for information and record the conversations so they could be published online later.
The revelations were made in a special report by the UK’s Channel 4. They published covertly recorded video of the statements, as well as the further details they gleaned during correspondence with the firm. Channel 4 managed to infiltrate their organization by posing as a “fixer” for an interest that wanted to get certain politicians elected.
Cambridge Analytica offered up a weak response, attempting to refute what their own CEO was caught on tape saying about the way his company works. I think we can all be honest and say that nobody is going to believe them.
“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…”
Their literal CEO explained this was a well-tested and consistent business practice for his company. Forgive me if I have my doubts on their denial.
Cambridge Analytica is owned partially by the Mercer family, who owns a vast amount of American media holdings and who is also rabidly pro-Trump. The Mercers have been carrying out a war of acquisition on local news stations nationwide, forcing them to run right-wing propaganda. They also financially supported James O’Keefe and owned a stake in Breitbart.