Report Reveals Wild History Of Woman Leading Firms Pushing 'Italygate' Election Conspiracy Theory
The Washington Post uncovered the baffling background of a Virginia woman who ran two companies that sold the rigged election theory "Italygate" to the White House and claimed that an Italian defense company used military satellites to switch votes to Joe Biden.
In one particularly outlandish incident, Michele Roosevelt Edwards, executive director and former Republican congressional candidate, sat for a television interview in a $ 30 million mansion in Virginia that she claimed was her home. In fact, it was up for sale and the owner had no idea she was there, the Post reported.
Despite the unusual details of Edwards' background and the fantastic theory advanced by their companies, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urged then Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to check out Italygate. “Pure madness,” wrote Rosen's deputy when he heard about the “conspiracy”. Rosen did not launch a probe.
The marginal theory first appeared in White House communications in December in a note under the letterhead of Edwards-operated USAerospace Partners, Virginia, according to state company records audited by the Post. That was the letter Meadows forwarded to Rosen.
In addition, the Institute for Good Governance, also run by Edwards, released a statement in January that a hacker admitted to being involved in the strange satellite program, the Post reported.
There are a number of indications that election theories advocated by Edwards ‘Corporations are suspect.
Edwards was elected to interview a journalist from the Icelandic investigative television series Kveikur in a $ 30 million mansion in Virginia with 22 bedrooms on 1,500 acres that she claimed was her home. Edwards boasted in the interview that she “flies the cooks here” for “all three” kitchens.
The journalist noted the lack of personal effects and indicated that the property is for sale. "It's a new acquisition for us," she replied coolly.
In fact, the mansion was up for sale at the time by a company founded by a retired financier who died last year, the Post reported. According to the newspaper, his widow had no idea Edwards was there.
"She's in my house," the woman told the Post after showing Edwards' interview. "How is she in my house?"
Edwards is a licensed real estate agent, but her firm was not hired to sell the mansion, the Post noted.
Edwards refused to respond to questions from the newspaper, saying it was "not currently doing media interviews". However, she denied any knowledge of the Italygate letter to the White House, reported Talking Point's memo, but hung up when she continued to press for it.
Edwards, who changed her name from Michele Ballarin just last year, was featured in a 2013 Post magazine article as a "struggling single mother" who "reinvented" herself as a business executive and celebrity who claimed she had succeeded with Warlords negotiate and pirates in Somalia.
Indeed, in 2009 Ukrainian Foreign Secretary Volodymyr Ohryzko pleaded with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “facilitate the expulsion of Edwards,” whom he called “Ms. Golden-Ballarin ”- from the“ negotiation process with the pirates ”because their actions incited them to increase their ransom demands, according to a telegram received from WikiLeaks.
Edwards was interviewed by Kveikur for buying the failed WOW Air company in Iceland in 2019 and promising to get the low-cost airline up and running in six months.
"WOW is not operating or flying, although Michele has repeatedly announced news, reported high-level appointments in Iceland, Russia and Italy, discussed how WOW will also fly out of Italy - and even her involvement in the restructuring of the Italian airline Alitalia," said it in a story published by Kveikur. "Nothing has happened so far."
Many of their announcements “remain just that: announcements. Nothing happens, ”added the story. "Is Michele Roosevelt Edwards Real?"
Check out the full article on Edwards and other background on Italygate's birth in the Washington Post here. The full video with Edwards from Iceland's Kveikur TV series and story is available here.
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