| Carole Cadwalladr |
(investigative journalist, writer, spook?)
|Alma mater||Hertford College|
|Member of||Independent SAGE|
|Interests|| • “democracy”|
• fake news
• Christopher Wylie
• Big Tech
• mass surveillance
Journalist who took part in an IfS presentation about "Russian Propaganda". Rose to international prominence in 2018 when she exposed the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Carole Cadwalladr is a British investigative journalist and features writer for The Observer and formerly worked at The Daily Telegraph. She participated in "Tackling Tools of Malign Influence", an event hosted by the Integrity Initiative a few days before they were exposed by the First Integrity Initiative Leak, and around the same time she published her prize-winning Cambridge Analytica stories.
In June 2022, Carole Cadwalladr and Paul Mason were "unmasked as lap dogs for the security state".
Carole Cadwalladr rose to international prominence in 2018 when she exposed the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Operating as whistleblower Christopher Wylie’s de facto publicist and churning out a stream of reports based on his spectacular claims, Cadwalladr won admiring media profiles, an array of journalism awards, and a finalist nomination in the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
But by 2020, it was clear the data trail that would finally prove the Cambridge Analytica influence operation wasn't there. Instead, the British government's Information Commissioner’s Office produced a report that contradicted virtually every major prediction and assertion that Wylie and Cadwalladr made about SCL-Cambridge Analytica and its role in UK politics.
2019 TED talk
In an April 2019 talk at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in Vancouver, journalist Carole Cadwalladr dug into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr called out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asked:
- "Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?"
On 18 April 2019, Carole Cadwalladr tweeted:
- "This is not democracy. Lies spread in darkness paid for with cash from God knows where." Two days ago I accused Facebook of breaking democracy. @TEDchris told them they were free to respond at any time. So far? Nothing but silence...
Carole Cadwalladr has reported about SAGE; on 26 April 2020 she tweeted:
"Ben Warner: 2 years ago he was doing physics postdoc. Now he’s a ‘data scientist’ advising govt & sitting on SAGE. His brother, Marc - who worked with Cummings on Vote Leave - won £250m NHS contract when Cummings entered Downing Street. And now the contract for NHS tracking app."
Sued for libel
In January 2022, Arron Banks sued Carole Cadwalladr for libel:
The libel action brought by Arron Banks, the man behind Britain’s biggest political donation, ever, of £8 million to fund the Brexit campaign, against Observer and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr is big potatoes. At stake are lawyers’ costs of £1.75 million, the ability for reporters to investigate Russian interference in our democracy and free speech in Britain in the 21st Century. If multi-millionaire Banks loses, he may find a way through; if Cadwalladr loses she will go bankrupt.
|Guardian journalist in court over claim Brexiteer Arron Banks had links with Russia|
A Document by Carole Cadwalladr
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance||Op-ed||29 October 2017||Wikileaks|
Strategic Communication Laboratories
|(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)|
Event Participated in
|Tackling Tools of Malign Influence||1 November 2018||2 November 2018||London|
|Integrity Initiative conference about "Russian Propaganda"|
|Document:Beware the Cult of Cadwalladr||blog post||22 January 2022||Craig Murray||The present libel trial between Arron Banks and Carole Cadwalladr is therefore a struggle between two deeply unpleasant people. Cadwalladr’s lies, in my view, are political and still come within the realm of free speech. I support her right to say it, just as I support my right to denounce and expose her as an utterly unprincipled and fraudulent tool of the security services.|
|Document:Muellergate and the Discreet Lies of the Bourgeoisie||Blog post||1 April 2019||Craig Murray||The capacity of the mainstream media repeatedly to promote the myth that Russia caused Clinton’s defeat, while never mentioning what the information was that had been so damaging to Hillary, should be alarming to anybody under the illusion that we have a working “free media”.|
|Document:Striving to Make Sense of the Ukraine War||blog post||4 April 2022||Craig Murray||These things can be true at the same time: a) The Russian invasion of Ukraine is illegal: Putin is a war criminal; b) The US led invasion of Iraq was illegal: Blair and Bush are war criminals.|
|Document:Why is disgraced MI6 author of the dodgy Trump-Russia dossier involved in a controversial group seeking harsh Covid restrictions?||Article||24 July 2021||Kit Klarenberg||Christopher Steele, the Russiagate spook is involved in lobbying for more lockdowns in the UK.|
- ↑ "Carole Cadwalladr is a reporter and feature writer for the Observer"
- ↑ "Beware the Cult of Cadwalladr"
- ↑ "British 'watchdog' journalists unmasked as lap dogs for the security state"
- ↑ "‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower"
- ↑ "Letter from the Information Commissioner to Julian Knight MP"
- ↑ "The huckster and the hack: UK govt report undermines stars of Cambridge Analytica-Russiagate scandal"
- ↑ "Brexit-Trump-Russia. Same Cambridge Analytica."
- ↑ "Facebook's role in Brexit and the threat to democracy"
- ↑ "Nothing but silence from Facebook"
- ↑ "Ben Warner: 2 years ago he was doing physics postdoc. Now he’s a ‘data scientist’ advising govt & sitting on SAGE"
- ↑ "Arron Banks v Carole Cadwalladr: The First Two Days"