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Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie on life after taking down Cambridge Analytica

ON A CRISP MORNING IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, Christopher Wylie is waiting opposite Google’s London headquarters. It’s a brightly colored building that stands out—not unlike Wylie himself, with his pink hair and nose ring. Six months on from uncovering information that shook the world’s biggest social-media companies and questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 U.S. election, Wylie isn’t holed up in an embassy or in exile; he’s living freely in London.

The week before we meet, Google declined to send a senior executive to testify before the Senate on Sept. 5 about the role of tech companies in election meddling by foreign actors. At the hearing, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg testified that their companies were

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