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US Justice Dept., FBI investigating Cambridge Analytica: Report

A new report says the US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have launched an investigation into Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct British company embroiled in the data scandal gripping Facebook.

Citing an American official and others familiar with the inquiry, the New York Times reported on Tuesday that prosecutors had told possible witnesses that there would be an open investigation into the company as well as “associated US persons.”

The paper said the probe was in its early stages and that investigators were questioning former employees and banks linked to the firm.

Cambridge Analytica company whistleblower Christopher Wylie confirmed to the Times that he had been questioned by the FBI and Justice Department, noting, “We plan to meet again to provide substantive answers to the investigators.”

The investigation by the Justice Department and FBI appears to focus on the company’s financial dealings and how it acquired and used personal data pulled from Facebook and other sources, according to the Times.

The FBI, the Justice Department and Facebook have so far declined to comment on the case.

It was revealed in March that the the political consulting firm had improperly obtained data on 87 million users on Facebook during Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign, whose team is under investigation for possible collusion with Russia.

Founded in 2013 by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and Robert Mercer, a hedge fund billionaire and GOP mega-donor, Cambridge Analytica said earlier this month that it would declare bankruptcy and cease all operations following the scandal.

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5 Replies to “US Justice Dept., FBI investigating Cambridge Analytica: Report

  1. An opportunity to advance the geopolitical landscape into the future with an injection of ETHICS.

    It has become an accepted practice for politicians to lie openly during campaigns and smear opponents.
    The opportunity is here, to put new checks and balances regarding the level of deceit they can use online to sway voters. As well as collect data. My personal preference would be to make knowingly lying to the public by any person elected or involved in elections a felony. If we lie to the FBI, it is a crime. Well if politicians lie to the people it should be a crime also.

    1. It is also well past the time, we installed a civilian review board, appointed by independent local referendum on a rotating basis, that is allowed full access to any and all facilities and operations funded by federal or state monies. Full access. With security controls that override any systems in the alphabets and DOD.

      They have nothing to fear or hide if they are doing nothing wrong, right ?

    2. Ethics?Ethics? We don’t need no steenking ethics, is the message promoted by everyone inside that beltway s***hole Washedupton, D.C.
      Washedupton is where the losers go for a job when they can’t compete in the real world. It’s where those with little or no moral or ethical compass go for a lifetime of self promotion and easy living. It’s where those with megalomania and over indulged self worth go to satisfy their cravings to rule everyone else. It’s where certain people go to line their pockets and stuff their bank accounts by fraud and cronyism.
      No one with any sense of dignity, integrity or moral values should ever go near that cess pool.
      How ironic that , that city was built over a swamp.

    3. When the government lies to the people, it’s a matter of policy. When the people lie to the government, it’s a felony.

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