Trump campaign mined Facebook user data using Israeli ‘intelligence gathering’

Cambridge Analytica CEO filmed boasting of using entrapment, bribes and honey-traps to influence election

20 March 2018

A British data-mining company hired by the Donald Trump campaign to influence US elections outcome used Israeli companies to aid its efforts, a British television report showed Monday.

In the report by UK’s Channel 4, hidden camera footage captures Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive Alexander Nix describing some of the tricks and tools his company uses to get information about people.

In addition to mining data from Facebook, Nix and the managing director of Cambridge Analytica’s political division, Mark Turnbull, spoke of bribery stings, honey traps and spying with the help of ex-spies from Britain and Israel.

“We have two projects at the moment, which involve doing deep, deep, depth research on the opposition and providing source… really damaging source material, that we can decide how to deploy in the course of the campaign,” he told an undercover reporter posing as a Sri Lankan businessman.

“We use some British companies, we use some Israeli companies,” Nix said. “From Israel, very effective in intelligence gathering.”

In response to the Channel 4 exposé, the organization said, “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.”