Voting Machines in Trump/Hillary election had Remote Access after all. Story of Desperation?
by Ralph Ely | TLB Editor-at-large
Just when we thought the ‘voting machine’ issue of hacking the Trump/Hillary race to the White House was a non-issue… didn’t happen… and had been put to bed… comes this acknowledgment from the machine manufacture, Election Systems and Software, that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.
Stay with me as the story unfolds and we ask some questions that need answers.
The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.
In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.
The statement contradicts what the company told me and fact checkers for a story I wrote for the New York Times in February. At that time, a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold.
“None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,” the spokesperson said.
So now the Can is Open and the Worms start to crawl out.
A U.S. Senator gets a letter… Voting Machines were hacked.
Motherboard found that at odds with a story they did in February of 2018
As any good news hound would do…
(MOTHERBORD) ES&S did not respond on Monday to questions from Motherboard, and it’s not clear why the company changed its response between February and April. Lawmakers, however, have subpoena powers that can compel a company to hand over documents or provide sworn testimony on a matter lawmakers are investigating, and a statement made to lawmakers that is later proven false can have greater consequence for a company than one made to reporters.
Soros did it. No, no he didn’t
We need to get this out of the way so it doesn’t muddy the water. Soros had connections to a Voting machine company (Smartmatic) . Some of those machines were used in the Presidential Primary in 16 states, but could not be used in the Runoff due to stricter standards imposed by Federal Election officials.
Business Insider reported at the Time:
Amid claims by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that this year’s election might be “rigged,” some people took this as concrete evidence that Soros, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, would be rigging the voting machines to ensure a Democratic victory.
Here’s the problem: Soros does not own the company in question. Also, the Smartmatic voting machines are not even going to be used in this year’s election.
Smartmatic is owned by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown. He is connected to Soros through the Open Society Foundation, an organization that gives grants to civil society organizations around the world. Malloch-Brown serves on the Open Society Global Board. Smartmatic says on its website, “George Soros does not have and has never had any ownership stake in Smartmatic.”
According to MOTHERBOARD: ES&S is the top voting machine maker in the country, a position it held in the years 2000-2006 when it was installing pcAnywhere on its systems. The company’s machines were used statewide in a number of states, and at least 60 percent of ballots cast in the US in 2006 were tabulated on ES&S election-management systems. It’s not clear why ES&S would have only installed the software on the systems of “a small number of customers” and not all customers, unless other customers objected or had state laws preventing this.
If you want all of the nuts and bolts of the MOTHERBOARD article Click Here
The worms are still crawling
So we have gone from calm waters in the Voting Machine World to what has the potential of becoming a Hurricane in the Political World. Some questions come to mind as the waters become more choppy.
Why is this just now happening? Are some of the DNC political hacks (not hackers) trying to revive the story in hopes it will be to Hillary’s advantage, in some way, during her Still Active run (Coup) for the West Wing… ie: Trump impeachment.
Has Mueller and Co. been out shaking the bushes to see if a willing person or corporation would come running out with evidence or testimony that the election was hacked/rigged in President Trump’s Favor, and therefore Hillary really is president. (Cold flash up the spine.) This would be the perfect storm for everyone on Trump’s Indictment list… From Hillary Inc. to the treasonous Deep State players all wanting a free Judicial Pass and a place at the Table of Power.
Why would a Corporation sell out and give false evidence. Perhaps the principals are hoping for “a pay back” scenario? Perhaps the Voting Machine business is not doing so well and a “cash infusion” would be just the ticket. Or could it be another type of Ticket? A ticket to that nice cluster of South Sea islands where Mr. and Mrs. I. Got Mine live and play in anonymity. (As long as the Bucks hold out.)
Now it’s your turn
I am sure you can come up with a few questions of your own. It is over due for everyone to ask these questions and many more of our fellow citizens, our Media and Government officials (both elected and appointed).
If we are ever to get these United States of America back on track to be the Republic it was meant to be, we must demand and practice transparency, accountability and integrity. (RE/TLB)
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