The head of Cambridge Analytica reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange simply as the info mining agency started working for President Trump’s marketing campaign, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
News surfaced final month that Alexander Nix, the corporate’s CEO, reached out to Assange concerning the emails that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton5 takeaways from the Virginia governor’s race Dems mull huge modifications after Brazile bombshell Dem ousts incumbent Republican in Manchester mayoral race MORE deleted from the personal server she used whereas secretary of State within the Obama administration throughout the 2016 presidential race.
According to the Journal, Nix stated Thursday that he initiated the contact in “early June 2016” after seeing a report that WikiLeaks meant to publish Clinton-related emails.
“We received a message back from them that he didn’t want to and wasn’t able to, and that was the end of the story,” Nix reportedly stated at an occasion in Lisbon, Portugal.
Neither Cambridge Analytica nor representatives for Assange returned requests for remark.
Last month, a consultant for Assange confirmed the outreach from Cambridge Analytica earlier than November 2016, however stated the request for info was “rejected.” The spokesman didn’t verify the content material of the request.
According to marketing campaign finance information, the Trump marketing campaign made its first cost, totaling $100,000, to Cambridge Analytica on July 29, 2016. The marketing campaign paid the agency $5.9 million for information administration companies over the course of roughly 5 months, information present.
Cambridge Analytica has hyperlinks to Stephen Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, who as soon as served on its board, and to Trump backer and billionaire Robert Mercer.
The information badytics agency’s preliminary outreach to the Trump marketing campaign started in May 2016, in line with the Journal, and Cambridge finally despatched a contract to the marketing campaign on June 13 that was signed six days later.
WikiLeaks printed troves of stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee in addition to Clinton marketing campaign chairman John Podesta forward of the November 2016 election. Later, the U.S. intelligence neighborhood linked the stolen emails to the Russian authorities’s efforts to intrude within the presidential election. Assange has denied ties to Russia.
The House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference, has requested info from Cambridge Analytica in reference to the probe, the corporate confirmed final month.