Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs, Political Pistachio
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President Donald Trump proclaimed, “We got ’em all” or “We have it all!” In the coming weeks — if not days — Americans will find out specifically what he means.
Lawyer Sidney Powell is providing a preview. Powell, who apparently had been helping Trump’s legal team prepare a case against alleged election fraud, told Howie Carr, a conservative radio host in Boston, on Friday:
“We’ve got a number of smoking guns — and we may have to get witness protection for some of them. We have a lot of extremely solid evidence. It’s beyond impressive and absolutely terrifying.”
Among those smoking guns:
— Hillary Clinton used fraud to steal California’s Democratic Presidential primary four years ago from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. “When people told him about it,” Powell said, “instead of exposing it, he sold out.”
— An employee of the Defense Department, in a conference call that included Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, told government officials how to commit sabotage in their respective offices. “There were a couple of hundred people on that call,” Powell said.
— China, Iran, Serbia and Liechtenstein played key roles in interfering with the Presidential election.
On Saturday night in an interview with Newsmax, Powell mentioned:
— Each Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania received 35,000 extra votes. “I would be willing to bet it happened everywhere,” Powell said.
— States recalibrated voting machines after deadlines for modification passed.
— Machines awarded a value of 1.25 for each vote former Vice President Joe Biden received but calculated every Trump vote at only .75. “You can see the reports of fractional numbers for the votes.” Powell said.
— A former Venezuelan military officer who helped develop the machines testified they could be manipulated. “He knew as soon as the machines were turned off in those key states,” Powell said, that massive support for Trump “had broken the algorithm that had been programmed. So they had to stop counting and backfill the vote with fraudulent mail-in ballots or whatever means they used.”
This same officer, Powell told Fox’s Lou Dobbs on Nov. 16, “was personally in briefings when all of this was discussed and planned, beginning with Hugo Chavez, how it was designed there and then saw it happening in this country.” (Emphasis added)
Powell — who filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s tabulation Wednesday — continues to receive severe criticism and ridicule, even accusations of lying. But Powell is subject to the same laws against libel and slander as any other American.
If her assertions against Clinton, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, for starters, were found to show malicious disregard for the truth, an ensuing conviction would destroy her reputation and career.
“Sidney Powell is a serious lawyer. She is not going to make a false claim. Period,” said Larry Johnson, a counter-terrorism specialist who spent four years in the State Department and 22 years devising anti-terrorism exercises for military special operations.
Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, one if Trump’s main attorneys, issued this statement Sunday:
“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”
Powell corroborated that release with her own:
“I agree with the campaign’s statement that I am not part of the campaign’s legal team. I never signed a retainer agreement or sent the President or the campaign a bill for my expenses or fees.
“My intent has always been to expose all the fraud I could find and let the chips fall where they may — whether it be upon Republicans or Democrats.”
Trump’s team is filing civil cases. Powell approaches the allegations of electoral fraud as a criminal matter.
“We’re pursuing two different theories,” Giuliani told Dobbs on Monday night. Trump’s team is concentrating on “misconduct of the election by state officials in at least five or six different states” involving “the deprivation of Constitutional rights for the President,” Giuliani said.
So how does Powell know what she knows? As she told Dobbs, “I’m going to release the Kraken.”
In this case, “Kraken” is not a mythical sea monster but a program the CIA and Defense Department use to get information about the nation’s enemies by hacking computers and cellphones.
The program includes various forms of malware, such as viruses, Trojan horses and remote-control systems — and even was used against ostensible allies.
In 2017, WikiLeaks released numerous CIA documents detailing “Kraken.” They included orders to spy on all major candidates in France’s 2012 presidential election, including the incumbent at the time, Nicholas Sarkozy. “Kraken” would provide information on each party’s election strategy and each candidate’s private conferences and ability to influence political decisions.
The CIA uses another program in conjunction with “Kraken,” called “Hammer” (or “Hamr” in the files WikiLeaks released), which Powell referenced. “Hamr” spies on protected networks without being detected.
If WikiLeaks made CIA documents available to the public, Powell surely could access them and use specialists to translate the code and jargon.
After Powell spoke with Dobbs, reports began circulating about an American military operation conducted to take servers in Germany. At first, many thought the servers belonged to two election technology firms, Dominion and Scytl. Dominion — founded by Venezuelans — manufactured the questionable voting machines used in this month’s election.
But those servers apparently belong to the CIA, which has a field office in Frankfurt. The State Department also operates a consulate in that city.
“The U.S. military has full authority to do this because any CIA activity in the European theater is being conducted using military cover,” Johnson said. “In other words, CIA officers would be identified to the German government (and anyone else asking) as military employees or consultants.
“Such an operation would have been carried out with U.S. law enforcement present to take custody of the evidence. That means that the evidence will be under the control of the Department of Justice through U.S. Attorneys and can be used in court or other judicial proceedings.”
Neither CIA Director Gina Haspel nor FBI Director Christopher Wray knew about the operation, Johnson added.
Since Dominion owns servers in Germany and Scytl operates them in Spain — servers that received raw election data — “Kraken” could be used to manipulate that data.
If Powell does not represent Trump directly, she works in tandem with his legal team. If so, Trump would have the authority to declassify any information Powell could use.
Such a scenario would explain these comments Powell made to Carr:
“You have to realize how many forces — including many in the government — have benefited from this system. They knew it worked the way it worked, and they used it to install the people they wanted to install in particular offices.
“I think the fraud in the election goes much farther than the president. I think they did it to any particularly strong Republican candidate this time around.”