A man involved in the 2015-2017 campaign to oust two top SoftBank executives has ties to Cambridge Analytica, Axios has discovered.
Also mentioned in the WSJ story is Nicolas Giannakopoulos, a Swiss and Greek citizen who is the only non-attorney already known to have been part of the shareholder campaign, because he had emailed some of the public letters to both journalists and members of the SoftBank board.
What's not noted by WSJ or earlier SoftBank reporting, however, is that Giannakopoulos has established ties to Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL Group.
From a 2017 Fast Company article:
Until recently, one of his stable of Swiss companies shared an address and phone number with SCL’s Geneva office... Asked about his activities for SCL in Switzerland by Sarawak Report, Giannakopoulos claims to being “their partner for a long time.” But, he said, “the truth is that I have not done anything yet!”
[Note: Sarawak Report is an investigative journalism site credited with uncovering major political corruption in Malaysia, and Giannakopoulos is a regular character in its reporting, including stories about SCL.]
Bottom line: Cambridge Analytica's (now former) CEO was recently caught on tape, bragging about his firm's ability to digitally disseminate misinformation to impact political elections. There is no evidence that it or SCL were involved in the SoftBank situation, but it's hard not to think about how digital espionage in the political sphere could be applied to the corporate sphere. And Nicolas Giannakopoulos has ties to both.
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