Wikileaks: "There Is No US Election", Primary Was "Rigged"
Adding its weight to disquieting reports and the insistence of presidential candidate Donald Trump that many US elections are "rigged," the "information activist" organization Wikileaks last week sent out a tweet saying that "There is no US Election," and that the Democratic primary was "rigged."
Wikileaks, whose words are widely interpreted as being those of its founder Julian Assange, tweeted:
"What election? It has been clear from the beginning who is going to win. This is, in effect, a power consolidation exercise."
Last summer, as the bitterly contested Democratic presidential primary drew to a close, a scathing report was released by the election integrity organization Election Justice USA which concluded that Bernie Sanders was likely the actual winner of the national pledged delegate count, but for factors such as:
"irregular patterns in precinct-level Democratic vote tallies which are strongly suggestive of electronic voting machine tampering."
The report is entitled "Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries,"
Wasserman-Schultz Reelection Under Scrutiny
One of the most dramatic highlights of the 2016 Democratic primary season was the resignation of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, just prior to the Democratic convention, after DNC emails published by Wikileaks showed that the DNC was committed to the nomination of Hillary Clinton. Wasserman-Schultz resigned amid a storm of outrage among Sanders supporters.
Soon after, a Florida law professor, Tim Canova, announced a primary challenge to Wasserman-Schultz for her Broward County congressional seat. Although Canova was reported to have lost by 13%, some of the same election experts behind the Election Justice USA Democratic presidential primary report have identified the same type of "potentially implausible" voting patterns, and have called for a hand count of the votes on the paper ballots.
At her website Holler Back, Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Lulu Fries'dat published the findings of Dr. Fritz Scheuren, the 100th president of the American Statistical Association, and Dr. Beth Clarkson, also a statistician.
Dr. Scheuren says at Holler Back of the Canova - Wasserman-Schultz primary race:
“We have to find a way to find out if they were manipulated, and that requires a recount, of at least a sample of locations.”
The particular anomaly discovered by professors Clarkson and Scheuren involves a pattern, identified in many of the primaries between Clinton and Sanders, which is uncovered by "cumulative vote tally" analysis. The analysis suggests that vote counts are tampered with heavily in the largest precincts of a congressional district, where votes which are added or subtracted from true totals blend more unnoticeably into the background.
Critiques of American politics and the US Congress in particular have long lamented the stagnation in the turnover rate in the US Congress, and the difficulty of unseating incumbents.
"WikiLeaks has a history of releasing information that — whatever you may think about how it was acquired — proves authentic and often reliable. We know that because, to my knowledge, no one has proved any of their documents fraudulent despite having great incentive and opportunity to do so."
A number of Democratic Party figures such as Senator Elizabeth Warren have mocked Trump's allegations of election rigging. Warren recently tweeted to Trump that he should admit he is "losing fair &square" and that he should "put on your big-boy pants."
Election Activists Announce Solution to Electronic Election Rigging
Election integrity activists say that as the methods and means by which elections are "hacked" are becoming better understood, the discovery of a little-known feature in many paper ballot vote-counting machines in the US is providing hope. Unknown to most people, about half of ballot-scanning vote counting machines in the US take digital images of the ballots and then store them. This means that the ballots for any precinct, town, city or county may be requested by the voters in digital form by citizens interested in verifying machine count results.
A famous demonstration of electronic vote manipulation was performed for the 2006 HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy." The authors of the "Democracy Lost..." report contend that the only way to uncover such hacking is to do a visual count of the paper ballots or the ballot images.