Christopher Wylie, the Camebridge Analytica whistle-blower, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that SCL India, the Indian arm of the British behavioural research and strategic communication company, had undertaken a research and communication campaign in Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in 2007 'to support a trans-national programme for countering the Non-Designated Jihadism.
However, during the testimony videocast by British Parliament on the web, Wylie clarified his assertion about the poisoning of Muresan by saying: "I can not speak to the veracity of that".
"I also heard that police were bribed not to enter the hotel room for 24 hours", he added.
"There were different companies interested in building ports and things like that, and, in order to get a competitive advantage, some money goes here and some money goes here, and you can introduce the company to the minister and the minister approves the project and you get a cut of that deal".
Wylie previously told ABC News that he will also speak to politicians in the USA, already accepting an invitation to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee that is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. He suggested that journalists from Romania, Kenya and India should collaborate to piece together Muresan's and CA's activities.
Since 2003, CA has worked in many elections including the 2009 general elections, Wylie said.
The Indian government's notice to Facebook sought to know "whether Facebook or its related or downstream agencies utilizing Facebook's data have previously been engaged by any entities to manipulate the Indian electoral process". Farelly described India as a "country rife with opportunities for destabilisation". "Yes, SCL/CA works in India and has offices there".
Dehaye said Muresan was "working for Congress apparently, according to reports from India". He says Dan Muresan was paid by the billionaire to make the party lose the elections.
India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement late Wednesday that Facebook has its largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and sought to know "what proactive measures it is taking to ensure the safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party". "India is so big that one state can be as big as Britain".
"Today the whistleblower Christopher Wylie has confirmed that Cambridge Analytica worked with Congress".
"So he was pretending to work for one party but actually was paid underhand by someone else", said Dehaye. "That seems to be the reports that are coming from India".
He said that he had some documentation on CA's involvement in India and offered to share it with the committee.
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