Mike Lindell Is Hiding A County Clerk Amid FBI Probe Of A Vote Data Leak: Report
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell provided a secret safe haven for a Colorado county official to a suspected QAnon leader during an FBI investigation into a county voting machine password, Vice News reported Thursday.
Lindell told Vice that he first brought Tina Peters to Texas after speaking at his bizarre cyber symposium in South Dakota last week - where he again failed to provide promised evidence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against former President Donald Trump Lindell supports.
Lindell said he has since moved Peters to a new secret location after a member of his own security team revealed her whereabouts.
“She's worried about her safety; these people are inconsiderate, ”Lindell told Vice. He was referring to Dominion Voting Systems, which is suing Lindell for $ 1.3 billion in defamation for its unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud. There is no evidence that Dominion compromised the safety of others.
Colorado's Foreign Minister Jena Griswold accused Peters last week of granting an unauthorized person access to Dominion voting machines.
This nameless person allegedly recoded software passwords which then surfaced on a conservative blog and on Ron Watkins' website this month. (Many have long speculated that Watkins is "Q" - the self-proclaimed government insider who gave conspiracy theory its name. Watkins was the site administrator of the far-right message board 8kun, which strongly promoted QAnon.)
"To be perfectly clear, the Mesa County clerk and clerk admitted a security breach and supported by all evidence at the time," Griswold said at a news conference. Griswold accused Peters of "actively working to undermine trust and spread disinformation".
Peters, who for no reason challenged President Joe Biden's victory in her state, has not denied Griswold's allegations. She made a statement saying simply that “Mesa Counties were critical of the integrity of the elections. They raised their concerns and I told them that I would do everything in my power to protect their voice. "
Mesa County's compromised optional equipment has been decertified after what Griswold called the profound "security breach." Griswold said her office "cannot establish a verifiable chain of custody for any of the [current] components of the electoral system in Mesa County and cannot trust the integrity or security of those components."
That will leave taxpayers a hefty bill for the replacement or complete overhaul of the machines.
Maricopa County, Arizona officials are in a similar situation and have just filed a $ 2.8 million application with the Senate Republicans to cover the cost of replacing that county's voting machines. The request follows a partisan, highly controversial vote review by the inexperienced Cyber Ninjas company, run by a QAnon acolyte. Officials said the voting machines were compromised and unusable after the cyber ninjas gained unhindered and unattended access.
The Mesa County Attorney's Office has opened a criminal investigation into the alleged violation. FBI agents are now working with them "to forensically review and analyze the county's electoral systems to determine whether there is a possible violation of federal criminal law," FBI spokeswoman Courtney Bernal said in a statement Tuesday.
Peters could not be reached for comment.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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