The head of Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data analytics firm that worked for President Trump’s presidential campaign, reportedly reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to offer help in locating and releasing Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails, reports The Daily Beast.
Alexander Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange to see if his firm could help WikiLeaks release the missing emails. Assange told Nix that he preferred to do the work on his own, according to two sources familiar with a congressional investigation into interactions between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
After the report was published, Assange provided this statement to The Daily Beast: ”We can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks.”
According to The Hill:
The House Intelligence Committee earlier this month requested information from Cambridge Analytica about its work from Trump’s campaign as part of its investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election.
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon once served as a board member for Cambridge Analytica.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump said he hoped Russia could help find the emails.
“I love WikiLeaks,” Trump said after the site began publishing hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign.