Sidney Powell, an attorney on President Trump’s electoral team who represented former National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn, was a major source and proponent of viral conspiracy theories about voting.
Since the election, Ms. Powell has made allegations of widespread electoral fraud and rigged voting. you mistakenly alleged that a supercomputer called Hammer hacked votes, that Mr. Trump won the election with “millions of votes,” and that voting software company Dominion Voting Systems changed the numbers.
Last week, she promised upcoming evidence would turn the election results on its head and said she would “release the Kraken,” a reference to the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans,” in which a Catchphrase that started to trend on Twitter.
On Monday Mrs. Powell sent some of their so-called evidence on Twitter. It consisted of three screenshots of an affidavit signed by a former Venezuelan military official about the elections there. The screenshots were incomplete with no name or signature, and Ms. Powell did not respond to requests to view the full document.
According to her and excerpts from the affidavit, the voting software company Smartmatic helped the Venezuelan government manipulate their elections by changing votes and leaving no trace. The military official said in the excerpts that the US elections “eerily recall the events of the 2013 Venezuelan presidential election,” although no evidence was presented that the United States’ votes were changed.
“That person saw exactly what was happening here from their own experience,” Ms. Powell told Fox News on Monday.
Smartmatic is not delivering technology to the battlefield nations that sealed the victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. And electronic voting security experts said they were unimpressed by what Ms. Powell presented.
“The essence of the affidavit is that voting machines could to have was hacked. This is not news, ”said David Dill, a computer scientist at Stanford University and founder of the Verified Voting Foundation. “Every single voice that has been computer-counted in the US for the past 50 years has been counted by a computer that” could have been hacked. “As far as I know, it actually wasn’t.”
Dan Wallach, a professor of computer science at Rice University and an expert on electronic voting system security, said, “If this class of attack has occurred, the likelihood that it will go undetected is very small. So far, there is no evidence of an unusual number of spoiled ballots. “
Previous claims have indicated that Smartmatic’s voting machines have been tampered with in Venezuela have been controversial and are “unfounded, ”According to The Associated Press. It is worth noting that Smartmatic accused The Venezuelan electoral fraud government in 2017 indicated that their machines were used when the opposition party won a majority in the country’s National Assembly in 2015.
The Ms. Powell extracts also contained numerous inaccurate claims implying a resemblance between the Venezuelan elections and the US elections, mainly drawing dubious parallels between Smartmatic and Dominion, which were used in several key states. Ms. Powell went a step further and told right-wing media company Newsmax that Venezuela’s vote counting system would then be “exported” to the US.
The officer she cited also said the Dominion system was “a descendant” of the Smartmatic system, that they “did business together” and that Mr Biden did not overtake Mr Trump until “the vote count was stopped”.
Smartmatic and Dominion have refused to exchange any technology, claiming they are competitors. Dominion bought assets from a company three years after Smartmatic sold it. And Mr. Biden overtook Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia after days of consistent counting, while in Arizona he maintained a lead that narrowed as the count continued.
The official also alleged to Ms. Powell that voting machines display and print a paper ballot listing the voter’s intended results, while the software itself “electronically modifies the information.” However, the Dominion system does not work that way.
“The process we are seeing in Georgia and elsewhere using similar ballot identification systems,” Wallach said, “is for the voter to choose their election with a computer which then prints their ballot.” The voter then usually carries this ballot to a ballot box, often with a scanner at the top, and deposits the ballot. “
Any difference or attack on the tabulation system would show up in recount records. “So far, none of them have discovered anything other than human errors in the tabulation process, such as forgetting to load a memory card,” he said.
Mr Dill said, “Courts are demanding strong evidence to overthrow an election. From that perspective, this affidavit doesn’t help make a case. “