What began on Monday as a single Tweet in German has quickly grown into a story that has gone viral. The only question that remains is… is it true?
Did the United States Army, in conjunction with German forces, seize servers of a company called Scytl in Frankfurt, Germany? Who is Scytl, and why would the U.S. Government care about those servers? That is where the story gets interesting.
Congressman Louie Gohmert made quite the stir Friday after appearing on several programs stating the U.S. Army had possibly seized the servers. He started by saying that he had information from “former” intel people that Scytl would have possession of extremely compelling information about our election and would possess the proof that votes were changed. In the video, he actually states that he was learned that this scenario may have played out when a Tweet that was in German was brought to his attention.
He is also not clear if the servers were seized in an attempt to prove election fraud or if they were seized to hide the evidence of nefarious undertakings such as stealing an election by hacking.
Scytl is a Barcelona-based company that provides electronic voting systems worldwide, many of which have proven vulnerable to electronic manipulation.
The Gateway Pundit reports that a “source” has told them that the US government, once they determined that this Dominion server was involved in switching votes, then the intelligence community began a search for the server and discovered that the server was in Germany. In order to get access to that server and have it available for use in a legal manner, they had to have the State Department work in tandem with the Department of Justice.
So did our Government go and take possession of this server? The Gateway Pundit finished by saying that the server will prove that there was election tampering. They will also discover who gave the direction to stop counting and who initiated the algorithm that started switching votes.
All of this is from “sources” that are unnamed, which seems very CNN-like (i.e., fake news); however, that could be that most recent unnamed “sources” featured in viral news stories seem to be imaginary. While there are lots of discussions online today about this “raid,” PT News Network has reached out to virtually every military and international policy source we have in our playbook, and we are unable to identify anything that would make this claim seem accurate.
In a Tweet, Lin Wood, a Trump team lawyer posted the following message on his Twitter; “Biden & his criminal cronies are not going to sleep well tonight. Well, Biden might because he probably forgot the name Scytl. His co-conspirators know name well. They also know the name Paragon, a company which purchased Scytl in 10/20. Every will be revealed.”
Lin Woods also wrote, “Would it greatly concern you if all of the votes in the 2020 Presidential election were routed to Amazon servers in Barcelona & Frankfurt before being reported or is it just me? #FightBack for No Hacked Elections”
So who is Scytl? Scytl is the company that runs the aggregation software for our election machines. Basically, the data from the voting machines is sent to this company to be sorted and counted.
Scytl’s web site states, “Scytl has successfully delivered election modernization projects in the US since 2008, and most recently for the 2018 Midterm Elections when over 70M voters from more than 900 U.S. counties successfully leveraged Scytl’s technology. Also, during the 2016 US Presidential Election, Scytl’s technology provided over 53 million registered voters and thousands of election staff across 28 states the benefits of more efficient, scalable, and accessible election processes, consolidating Scytl as the leading election modernization provider in the United States.”
In January 2012, Scytl acquired 100 percent of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. The sale garnered national attention after the popular Drudge Report spotlighted it.
During the midterm elections in November 2010, Scytl successfully carried out electoral modernization projects in 14 states. The company boasted that a “great variety” of Scytl’s technologies were involved in the projects, including an online platform for delivering blank ballots to overseas voters, an Internet voting platform and e-pollbook software to manage the electoral roll at the polling stations.
Before the midterm, however, the new electronic voting system in Washington, D.C., was hacked.
As a program security trial, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics reportedly encouraged outside parties to find flaws in its new online balloting system. A group of University of Michigan students then hacked into the site and commanded it to play the school’s fight song upon casting a vote. However, this was not the first time Scytl’s systems have been called into question.
Voter Action, an advocacy group that seeks elections integrity in the U.S., sent a lengthy complaint to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in April 2010 charging the integration of SCYTL systems “raises national security concerns.”
“Foreign governments may also seek to undermine the national security interests of the United States, either directly or through other organizations,” Voter Action charged.
In May 2012, the company announced the successful implementation of technology that allows ballots to be cast using Google and Apple smartphones and tablet computers.
According to a company press release, Scytl unveiled a platform that it says encrypts each individual ballot on a voter’s Google or Apple mobile device before the ballot is then transmitted to an electronic voting system.
Using this technology, “Scytl is now able to guarantee end-to-end security – from the voter to the final tally – not only for computer-based online voting but also for mobile voting,” stated a press release by the company.
“By leveraging its pioneering security technology with Google and Apple’s mobile device platforms, Scytl has become the premier election technology provider to offer an online voting system that guarantees the highest standards in terms of both voter privacy and ballot integrity both on personal computers and mobile devices,” said Gabriel Dos Santos, Scytl’s vice president of software engineering.
For their part, Scytl has made a statement on their website in which they claim to debunk fake news by stating the following:
Following several erroneous statements that have been published in digital and social media, Scytl would like to clarify the following:
- The technologies implemented by Scytl in the US are both hosted and managed within the US by a local subsidiary, SOE Software, based in Tampa, Florida.
- We do not tabulate, tally or count votes in the US
- We do not provide voting machines in the US.
- We did not provide online voting to US jurisdictions for the US elections.
- We do not have servers or offices in Frankfurt.
- The US army has not seized anything from Scytl in Barcelona, Frankfurt or anywhere else
- We are not owned by George Soros and have never been connected to him
- We are not tied to Smartmatic, SGO, Dominion or Indra
- We have no ties with Russia either
The question remains, is this story true? Who really knows? If we have learned anything from 2020, the most outlandish ideas, concepts, and restrictions have a way of coming true. If this is actually true, and not just a bad plot from a horrible spy movie, and if our election data was found in another country, how did it get there if our voting systems are not supposed to be connected to the internet?