A Former employee of Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, has revealed to British lawmakers how an Israeli spy firm “Black Cube” was engaged to hack President Muhammadu Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails.
However, the revelation did not go down well with the Tel Aviv-based company as Black Cube was quick to deny the allegations, calling them a “flagrant lie.”
Christopher Wylie had alleged that Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign by micro-targeting users with campaign material.
On Tuesday, Wylie, the company’s former research director, testified before a House of Commons committee investigating the misuse of Facebook user data, revealing some of the other the shadowy activities the company was linked to.
In a report monitored on ARISE NEWS CHANNEL, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica “utilized the services of an Israeli private intelligence firm, Black Cube to hack Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails.”
Cambridge Analytica had earlier been reported to have been hired by an unnamed Nigerian billionaire to support the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election in which Buhari was his main challenger.
During the special hearing, Wylie described Cambridge Analytica, which engaged Black Cube, “as a company that goes around the world undermining institutions in countries that are still struggling with weak institutions.”
However, Black Cube, an intelligence gathering firm that has previously been linked to a number of other controversial clients, including Harvey Weinstein, denied any connection to Cambridge Analytica or involvement in the scheme in Nigeria.
In a statement to The Times of Israel, Black Cube insisted that it has “always operated within the boundaries of the law in every jurisdiction it operates,” and called Wylie’s testimony a “flagrant lie.”
While vowing to investigate the claim and “reveal the truth and the motive behind Wylie’s defamatory lie”, the Israeli firm said, “we are flattered that we are seemingly being connected with every international incident that occurs, we will state that Chris Wylie’s testimony is a flagrant lie. We categorically declare that neither Black Cube, nor any of its affiliates and subsidiaries, have ever worked for, or engaged with, SCL, Cambridge Analytica, or any of their affiliates and subsidiaries.”
It threatened to “launch a massive defamation claim against any entity that we will find involved, including Christopher Wylie, SCL or Cambridge Analytica for any pound they still have or don’t have.”