Data firm CEO: Reached out to WikiLeaks about Clinton emails

CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, speaks during the Web Summit, Europe's biggest tech conference, in Lisbon, Portugal, in this November 9, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Data firm CEO: Reached out to WikiLeaks about Clinton emails

WASHINGTON: The CEO of a data firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign says he reached out to WikiLeaks during the campaign about obtaining emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, says the outreach was in “early June 2016” after WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange had publicly claimed he had Clinton emails and planned to publish them. Nix says his firm asked a speaker’s agency for Assange if he “might share that information.” But he says Assange turned him down.
Nix’s comments Thursday at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, were his first acknowledgement of the outreach.
Assange had previously told The Associated Press that WikiLeaks had rejected a “request for information” from Cambridge Analytica. The Wall Street Journal first reported Nix’s comments.


UK politician convicted of killing wife after his affair

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UK politician convicted of killing wife after his affair

LONDON: A former British politician has been found guilty of murdering his wife after she found out he had an affair with their son’s partner, the mother of one of his grandchildren.
Stephen Searle, an ex-soldier and a former local politician with the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, claimed he had been defending himself after his wife, 62, attacked him with a knife. But jurors agreed Tuesday the 64-year-old was guilty of murder.
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said the couple’s 45-year marriage had been under strain since Searle’s wife discovered her husband’s affair. He said Searle had probably put her in a choke hold, which he knew about from his military training, after “yet another” argument.
In an emergency call in December, Searle told police “I’ve just killed my wife.”
Searle will be sentenced Wednesday.