Advertisement

Cambridge Analytica CEO talks bribery and honeypots on hidden camera

Cambridge Analytica CEO talks bribery and honeypots on hidden camera
From Mashable - March 19, 2018

ProTip: When discussing nefarious techniques to entrap politicians and swing elections, first make sure you are not secretly being filmed.

That, apparently, was a memo the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, missed. The executive was caught on film by investigators with London's Channel 4 News discussing all the ways his company can influence elections around the worldand it's not pretty.

The entire report is worth a watch (it's embedded below), and it suggests that Nix's own damning words will be held against him for some time. Just how bad are those aforementioned words? We are glad you asked. In the video, Nix discussed bribing politicians while secretly filming them and sending Ukrainian escorts to the homes of political candidates.

"I mean, deep digging is interesting, he observed in conversation with the undercover reporter. But you know equally effective can be just to go and speak to the incumbents and to offer them a deal thats too good to be true, and make sure that thats video-recorded, you know. These sorts of tactics are very effective, instantly having video evidence of corruption, putting it on the internet, these sorts of things.

And the fun times did not stop there. Nix mentioned that his company could "send some girls around to the candidates house. We have lots of history of things," he noted, before adding that "Im just saying, we could bring some Ukrainians in on holiday with us you know.

Importantly, Cambridge Analytica denies that the recorded conversations actually mean what any viewer would naturally assume them to mean. Instead, the company insists that what we see is all part of it being a responsible corporate citizen.

Advertisement

Continue reading at Mashable »