'I have £2.7m written here.'
'The rest was for advertising - it went to Google & FB.'
'Who was your VL contact?'
'VL's digital director: Henry de Zoete'...
Outlines work for DUP, BeLeave, Vets for Britain, VL...
'Via a Slack channel.'
AIQ's asked to provide all its Slack communication.
'You're listed as head of SCL Canada. Did you go rogue?'
'We weren't a part of SCL.'
'Do you realise this is under oath?'
This hearing is making the FB Senate hearing look like a joke...
'Oh we were talking about the media story. I've never believed anything that was going on was illegal.'
'OK but - you can see how strange this looks. All these groups w marginal names funnel money to you.'
'We did work for them but we're not a part of them.'
'Was that work legal?'
'So Nix wasn't involved? Cos it's so odd-you're above an optometrist's, yr only web access is through SCL Canada, which you say you're not & all this money is going to you'
Silvester describes AIQ's VL pitch-voice is shaking
AIQ: 'I can't recall... An introduction from someone we talked to.'
'Did you ever ask BeLeave, hey, how did you hear about us?'
'No, they just emailed us.'
Panel, dry: 'And that wasn't of interest to you, how they found you?'
'No, they just emailed.'
Ehm I'm not sure this is going well for AIQ
They say they've never worked in Kenya, and did work in Nigeria - for SCL. They cite Trinidad as the first work they did for SCL.
'Has AIQ ever used databases to affect elections in Canada?'
Answer is very carefully worded: door-to-door volunteering & signage is the equivalent of what AIQ does. Not a denial.
'Cambridge Analytica said they released it to you. But was it SCL?'
'We worked w SCL.' How did you work w CA & SCL?
'We didn't coordinate w them. We were unaware that CA existed.'
'We worked w SCL.'
CA profiles: 'SCL is the one we were contracted to' <- interesting phrasing...
AIQ: I don't know. We responded to her.
Panel: Have you been asked to appear in hearings in the UK or US?
AIQ: Yes, in the UK. We'll be following up to schedule that.
AIQ: we can't tell you.. No.
Panel: Wylie says you're a franchise of CA & SCL. The group was set up as SCL Canada and then it was named AIQ. Is that true?
AIQ: It's come to my knowledge that that's the case. It was my personal phone.
Panel: So SCL had your personal phone number for this.
AIQ: I can't speak to this.
AIQ: We are not part of SCL or CA. [are not... ]
Panel: When did you become aware that SCL had a phone number that led directly to you?
AIQ: Just recently
AIQ Silvester: I don't know how Wylie came to this misunderstanding. I texted him.
AIQ: I'm not sure.
AIQ: If she has additional q's, she can follow up.
Panel: She has the same q's. Who's lying?
AIQ: I've been 100% honest
Panel: No! That's not what she said. Who's lying?
AIQ: I can only speak to what we've done. We've responded to her letters.
Panel: Nothing seems out of order to you? You've just misled us.
AIQ: We worked for SCL. We have no contracts w CA.
Panel: did you get Cruz data?
AIQ: Yes through SCL
AIQ: *small voice* no.
Christ alive. @DamianCollins, over to you to tear them another one.