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Black Cube and Cambridge Analytica: What do we know? Black Cube and Cambridge Analytica: What do we know?
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Black Cube was allegedly hired to hack Nigeria's now-president, a claim the company denies Black Cube was allegedly hired to hack Nigeria's now-president, a claim the company denies
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<strong>Whistleblower Christopher Wylie appeared before British lawmakers on March 27 to expand on the inner workings of his former employer Cambridge Analytica, and his role in shaping the company that stands at the center of a growing scandal about the misuse of personal data from Facebook. </strong> <strong>Whistleblower Christopher Wylie appeared before British lawmakers on March 27 to expand on the inner workings of his former employer Cambridge Analytica, and his role in shaping the company that stands at the center of a growing scandal about the misuse of personal data from Facebook. </strong>
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During his hours-long testimony under parliamentary privilege protecting him from legal action, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica hired an Israeli private intelligence company called Black Cube to collect compromising information on Nigeria's now-president, Muhammadu Buhari. During his hours-long testimony under parliamentary privilege protecting him from legal action, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica hired an Israeli private intelligence company called Black Cube to collect compromising information on Nigeria's now-president, Muhammadu Buhari.
"Black Cube on the Nigeria project was engaged to hack the now-president Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails," Wylie <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/27/internet/data-misuse-whistleblower-gives-evidence-to-uk-parliament/58132/">told</a> the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. Black Cube was also reportedly hired by disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein (<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies"><em>The New Yorker</em></a>) to prevent reports of sexual assault from surfacing.  "Black Cube on the Nigeria project was engaged to hack the now-president Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails," Wylie <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/27/internet/data-misuse-whistleblower-gives-evidence-to-uk-parliament/58132/">told</a> the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. Separately, Black Cube was also reportedly hired by disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein (<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies"><em>The New Yorker</em></a>) to prevent reports of sexual assault from surfacing.
Black Cube <a href="https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-discloses-ties-toisrael-s-black-cube-1.5955200">denied Wylie's claims</a> (<a href="https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-discloses-ties-toisrael-s-black-cube-1.5955200">Haaretz</a>): "Whilst 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." The company also vowed to "launch a massive defamation claim against ... Christopher Wylie, SCL or Cambridge Analytica for any pound they still have or don’t have."  
<em>WikiTribune</em> contacted Black Cube for comment but has not received a reply.  
  In a statement to <em>WikiTribune</em>, Black Cube denied Wylie's claims: "Whilst 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 will file a massive defamation claim against any entity whom we find has defamed Black Cube, including Christopher Wylie, SCL, and Cambridge Analytica, and pursue them for every penny." <em>(Read the full statement below)</em>
Wylie said Cambridge Analytica worked with AggregateIQ (AIQ), a software development firm based in Canada, to dissuade Nigerians from voting in the country's 2015 presidential election. Wylie said Cambridge Analytica worked with AggregateIQ (AIQ), a software development firm based in Canada, to dissuade Nigerians from voting in the country's 2015 presidential election.
"AIQ was handed material in Nigeria from Cambridge Analytica to distribute online ... That’s distribution of <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kompromat" rel="external">kompromat</a></em> and of incredibly threatening and violent video content," said Wylie. "AIQ was handed material in Nigeria from Cambridge Analytica to distribute online ... That’s distribution of <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kompromat" rel="external">kompromat</a></em> and of incredibly threatening and violent video content," said Wylie.
"AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL," AIQ said in response to the allegations. "AggregateIQ has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica. Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ. AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates. It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client." "AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL," AIQ said in response to the allegations. "AggregateIQ has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica. Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ. AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates. It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client."
However, tech website Gizmodo <a href="https://gizmodo.com/aggregateiq-created-cambridge-analyticas-election-softw-1824026565">says</a> it has obtained files that prove AIQ developed the software marketed by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. However, tech website Gizmodo <a href="https://gizmodo.com/aggregateiq-created-cambridge-analyticas-election-softw-1824026565">says</a> it has obtained files that prove AIQ developed the software marketed by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
<h2>What is Black Cube?</h2> <h2>What is Black Cube?</h2>
<a href="https://www.blackcube.com/">Black Cube</a> is a private intelligence agency <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Cube">founded in 2010</a> by two former Israeli intelligence officers that operates out of London, Paris, and Tel Aviv. It maintains strong connections to Israel's security and intelligence agencies. <a href="https://www.blackcube.com/">Black Cube</a> is a private intelligence agency <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Cube">founded in 2010</a> by two former Israeli intelligence officers that operates out of London, Paris, and Tel Aviv. It maintains strong connections to Israel's security and intelligence agencies.
The company <a href="https://www.blackcube.com/">says</a> it "specializes in tailored solutions to complex business and litigation challenges." The company <a href="https://www.blackcube.com/">says</a> it "specializes in tailored solutions to complex business and litigation challenges."
Black Cube's main business is to gather intelligence and provide strategic consulting services for corporations. Black Cube's main business is to gather intelligence and provide strategic consulting services for corporations.
<h2>What questions do you have?</h2> <h2>What questions do you have?</h2>
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<h2>What do you know about Black Cube?</h2> <h2>What do you know about Black Cube?</h2>
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<li>Black Cube provided intelligence services to Vincent Tchenguiz on several occasions. Between 2005 and 2015, Tchenguiz was the largest shareholder in SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica's parent company, <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/211152/trump-data-analytics-russian-access">according to <em>Tablet</em></a>, a <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/about">daily online magazine</a> of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.</li>  <li>Black Cube provided intelligence services to Vincent Tchenguiz on several occasions. Between 2005 and 2015, Tchenguiz was the largest shareholder in SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica's parent company, <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/211152/trump-data-analytics-russian-access">according to <em>Tablet</em></a>, a <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/about">daily online magazine</a> of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.</li>
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  <p><strong>Black Cube&#8217;s statement:</strong></p>
  <p>Black Cube has always operated within the boundaries of the law in every jurisdiction it operates, following legal advice from the world’s leading law firms. Whilst 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. Black Cube has never operated in Nigeria nor has it worked on any project connected to Nigeria, and none of its employees have ever set foot in Nigeria. Black Cube will investigate this claim on a pro bono basis, and will reveal the truth and the motive behind Wylie&#8217;s defamatory lie. Additionally, we will file a massive defamation claim against any entity whom we find has defamed Black Cube, including Christopher Wylie, SCL, and Cambridge Analytica, and pursue them for every penny.</p>

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