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    Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower has book out next week

    Whistleblower Christopher Wylie who alleges that the campaign for Britain to leave the EU cheated in the referendum in 2016, speaking at a lawyers office to the media in London, Monday, March 26, 2018. Chris Wylie's claims center around the official Vote Leave campaign and its links to a group called BeLeave, which it helped fund. The links allegedly allowed the campaign to bypass spending rules. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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    Christopher Wylie

    NEW YORK — The whistle-blower at Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm linked to using social media for targeted political ads, has a book deal.

    Christopher Wylie’s ‘‘Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America’’ will be published Oct. 8, Random House announced Monday. Wylie is a former research director at Cambridge who alleged the company had illegally accessed data of millions of Facebook users that was used to support the election of Donald Trump.

    Cambridge was founded by such conservative power brokers as billionaire Robert Mercer and former White House aide Steve Bannon. Wylie’s allegations have led to investigations and hearings in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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    Random House is calling Wylie’s book ‘‘both exposé and dire warning’’ about how online information can be used to manipulate people.

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