Ex-CEO: Cambridge Analytica got 'huge target' with Trump win

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And he accepted his answers in February - when he denied working with the Leave.EU campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum - "could have been clearer".

"However, such reports raise uncomfortable questions about the assurances made by Facebook. What we are getting back from you are bluster and rudeness".

He suggested Mr Wylie had provided ammunition for the "global liberal media" after they "decided to put us in their cross-hairs" because of CA's perceived role in the Trump and Brexit victories and launched "an extremely well co-ordinated and effective attack on us as a company and destroyed our reputations and our business".

Mr Nix in his previous testimony to lawmakers denied that Cambridge Analytica had ever been given data by Aleksandr Kogan, an academic researcher.

In a heated encounter with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Nix told MPs: "If you were sitting where I am right now you'd probably feel quite victimised".

He added: "I was asked a very leading question, a hypothetical question about what sort of tactics could be employed to discredit a politician and I answered hypothetically and I caveated my answer by saying please don't pay too much attention".

Lawmakers asked Nix to return to face questions about inconsistencies in his evidence.

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Nix apologized for his comments in the film, saying he had been foolish and had made exaggerated claims in order to attract what he thought was a potential client.

"We have never undertaken any work that involves a honey-trap or the use of a sex scandal or anything like that, or tried to create a sex scandal for political leverage or work on a campaign", he told MPs.

Nix said that Channel 4 had heavily edited the footage to portray him in a worse light.

The executive at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal rejected claims that he had spirited $8 million (Dh29.3 million) out of the operation in the weeks before its collapse as he revealed on Wednesday that the entire operations of the firm were being wound up.

He insisted in fact he had paid millions from his own pocket to cover staff salaries, bonuses and redundancies.

Nix says he should have said "yes" but that his "focus was on whether we still held the data from GSR, which was the issue Facebook had been most concerned about".

Asked about a Guardian report that a Cambridge Analytica employee visited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2017, he said he had been unaware of the meeting.

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