19 June 1989|
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
London School of Economics (LLB)|
George Washington University (MA)
Liberal Party (Canada)|
Liberal Democrats (UK)
In 2018, Wylie became a whistleblower, giving The Guardian documents that described the secret workings behind Cambridge Analytica. The documents center around Cambridge Analytica's alleged unauthorized possession of personal private data from some 87 million Facebook user accounts, obtained for the purpose of creating targeted political campaigns for the 2016 US presidential elections. These campaigns were based on psychological and personality profiles mined from the Facebook data.
On March 27, 2018, Wylie gave evidence to the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee which contained further revelations about the practices at Cambridge Analytica and its associated companies.
He left school at 16 without a qualification and when asked about his "probable destiny" on his school leavers yearbook page he stated "...just another dissociative smear merchant peddling backroom hackery in its purest Machiavellian form". At 17, he was working for the Canadian opposition leader Michael Ignatieff. He taught himself to code at age 19. At 20, he began studying law at the London School of Economics.
In 2013, he was introduced to SCL Group which would later create Cambridge Analytica.
In an interview with The Guardian, Wylie stated that Rebekah Mercer "loved the gays, and so did Steve Bannon. He figured if you could get the gays on board, everyone else will follow...(like the) Milo Yiannopoulos thing".
- Larsen, Karin (20 March 2018). "Who is Christopher Wylie? How a B.C. high school dropout set out on path to political data harvesting". CBC News. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- "Christopher Wylie: The whistleblower in the Cambridge Analytica scandal". Sources: Reuters, NYTimes, The Guardian, Washington Post. Straits Times. 21 March 2018.
- Schroepfer, Mike (4 April 2018). "An Update on Our Plans to Restrict Data Access on Facebook".
- Kharpal, Arjun (27 March 2018). "Facebook and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Donald Trump's election made me speak out".
- washingtonpost.com March 21 2018: How Cambridge Analytica’s whistleblower became Facebook’s unlikely foe
- see also politico.com 20 March 2018: Congress to Facebook: Send us Zuckerberg
- Jackman, Josh (20 March 2018). "Gay Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie: Why does Facebook want to see my dick pics?". Pink News. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- Cadwalladr, Carole (18 March 2018). "'I made Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool': meet the data war whistleblower". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- Signorile, Michelangelo (20 March 2018). "It Matters That A Gay Man Helped Trump Backers Exploit Facebook Data". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 March 2018.