Government seeks CA whistleblower for JSC

Gov­ern­ment is mov­ing to have Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca’s (CA’s) “whistle­blow­er” Christo­pher Wylie ap­pear be­fore Par­lia­ment’s Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee (JSC) on the da­ta-min­ing is­sue, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing at the week­ly Gov­ern­ment me­dia brief­ing, the AG said Wylie’s at­tor­neys have in­di­cat­ed will­ing­ness to help T&T iden­ti­fy the cul­prits in the CA da­ta mat­ter “who sat in the last Gov­ern­ment.”

He said Gov­ern­ment is seek­ing to “bring home” the ev­i­dence on the CA mat­ter and had talks with the ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels on this.

“Gov­ern­ment’s ev­i­dence will come via tes­ti­mo­ny by some­one who will blow the whis­tle,” Al-Rawi added.

Al-Rawi said Gov­ern­ment’s at­tor­neys were in touch with Wylie’s over the last 18 months.

“We have a Par­lia­ment team, head­ed by Fitzger­ald Hinds, sit­ting to treat with the CA mat­ter,” he said.

In 2017, Wylie told a UK House of Com­mons and US Sen­ate com­mit­tee of al­leged unau­tho­rised pos­ses­sion of per­son­al pri­vate da­ta from 87 mil­lion Face­book user ac­counts, ob­tained for cre­at­ing tar­get­ed po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns for the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. In ev­i­dence he al­leged Ag­gre­gate IQ (AIQ), a com­pa­ny set up along­side CA worked on a project in T&T in 2013 for a for­mer na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty min­is­ter, at­tempt­ing to har­vest brows­ing da­ta of T&T’s pop­u­la­tion.

UNC leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar lat­er said the UNC wasn’t in­volved.

How­ev­er, the Con­gress of the Peo­ple (COP) con­firmed in April 2018 that they had talks with CA and an­oth­er com­pa­ny, SCL, to do press re­leas­es and imag­ing for the 2013 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion.


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