The press on Mike Lindell’s Cyber Symposium last week has uniformly buried the lead. Something huge, something decisive, something game-changing, was revealed last week at Lindell’s Cyber Symposium, but it had nothing to do with anything cyber. It was shown that in Mesa County, Colorado, evidence has been wiped out in “cram-down” disguised as a (merely prohibited) software update. We now know this has happened all over the country this summer. This revelation is game-changing, and has strategic considerations that I will think and write about shortly.
These were the take-aways from last week:
- Seth Keshel, with whom I became friendly in the days immediately after the election, and who shows up in my book by name, put on a great presentation of the current state of the data. To me, frankly, in those heady days of November, it was Seth’s approach that most spoke to me. His kind of mathematical analysis seems to me the most rigorous and convincing argument of all (though judges do not like to look at statistical evidence of voter fraud).
- Dr. Shiva’s account of the way that state government officials are currently using Twitter’s “Trusted Partner Platform” to suppress political speech is among the most chilling pieces of news I have heard in my life. Silicon Valley fascists have correctly held that the 1st Amendment applies to government, not to a private corporations like Twitter. If this behavior survives the federal judiciary’s scrutiny, then that means that it’s all over for us. If government can control speech our descent into tyranny is guaranteed. Thus, at this point the hopes of the republic lay in the hands of a federal judge, who apparently has recognized in court one obvious point, that state election officials using behind-the-scenes knobs-and-dials to suppress political speech on Twitter, counts as government action. Which I would think would be obvious, but we are living in strange times.
- Mesa County, Colorado turns out to have wiped their machines under the guise of updating software. About a month ago I wrote of this with regard to one state: I had not realized it was happening all over the country. I will be writing a distinct essay on that, because that is the game-changer: on the one hand, we now have absolutely clear evidence that they are destroying the evidence, but on the other hand, this means that the path I had foreseen out of this (collecting evidence at ballot boxes), has become impossible, because they destroyed it all over the country. As I say, that gives me an entirely new position to contemplate.
I confess that I was disappointed in last weeks’ grand reveal, the PCAP data that was to be made public. In the past I have explained my involvement: I became aware of this story sometime in December, could not get anything solid one way or another, learned that Mike Lindell had access to then-President Trump, and in early January sent people with the technical information over to see Lindell. That was more or less the last I heard of it other than a conversation in mid-March.
I would have expected that at this point the data could have been verified one way or another. I confess that last week’s reversal regarding making that data public is disappointing to me. I understand there are explanations as to why that may have happened, and one way or the other may hold water, but at this point I cannot vouch for that data. I can vouch that someone very good, someone vouched for by many other technologists, is still insisting to me that Lindell’s data will turn out to be real. However, there is another great technologist telling me differently: he is someone I respect immensely, is also impressively credentialed, but he is telling me he is sure it is not real. On the other hand, he is drawing that conclusion from atmospherics and other factors, as he tells me he has not not actually examined the data (and still has not because Lindell did not release it last week). So once again, you know exactly what I know. In my view, given the length of time this has taken and the changing stories, I am writing off the PCAP data, until or unless something is presented to prove it. I have seasoned technologists advising me both ways on it.
But that does not matter much, because the main event from last week is the Mesa County, Colorado news. It was exposed with100% clarity last week (including with forensic hard-drive images) that people have gone to work destroying the evidence of the rigging of this election by wiping and over-writing the hard-drives on the election systems (which cybersleuths call a “smash-down”). That makes the strategy I have been counseling (widespread audits) less compelling: they can document that this same cram-down program was executed on other machines, but pulling the data from machines has become a waste of time. There is no point in fighting so hard for evidence we already know has been destroyed.
I will be writing about that and the changes this must necessitate in our strategy, shortly.