Multiple sectors believe that the elections are the way to overcome the conflict, but is it possible that the exit is electoral when the voting system itself is part of the problem, having been constituted in the strategy implemented by the ruling party to perpetuate itself in power?
By Maibort Petit
The Philippine background
Guillermo Salas warns that the Bolivian case has a precedent in the 2016 presidential elections in the Philippines and refers to a note published in "The Manila Times" entitled "Smartmatic admits the use of unofficial servers"  , a statement that was made before the Prosecutor's Office of that nation.
Salas cites the content of the information that refers that the results of the election that were published did not come directly from the Transparency Server as required by law. To said server, called "transparency" the data had to arrive directly from the machines, corresponding to said server to issue the results to the public.
The investigations determined the existence of a "queue server" or queue server interposed between the voting machines and the Transparency Server. These intermediate servers processed and consolidated the information that only then was sent to the Transparency Server from which the final result was thrown.
The seriousness of this finding was the fact that said "queue servers" or queue servers were hidden on the third floor of the building where the Philippine electoral office operates. These servers were not subjected to any type of audit, given the secret nature in which they were kept by the Philippine electoral office and Smartmatic.
When confronted after the existence of these intermediate servers became known, the Philippine electoral office and Smartmatic only said that the data was consolidated and processed there, but they never admitted the change of results.
They limit themselves to indicating that these "queue servers" or queue servers were only intended to manage data traffic, which is valid but unacceptable if it is kept hidden.
In this sense, Guillermo Salas warns that these are the problems of electronic voting that, as in this Philippine case, it is impossible to establish what really happened.
As can be seen, in both the Bolivian and Philippine elections, the existence of intermediate servers between the voting machines and the totalization server, which were kept secret, put in doubt the official results of the presidential elections of both countries.
In Salas's opinion, such manipulation of the vote is crude and unacceptable.
After mentioning the Bolivian and Philippine cases, Guillermo Salas warns that these have their origin in the 2004 elections in Venezuela, when a recall referendum was held in which Hugo Chávez was playing for the presidency of the republic. It was in this electoral process that the Smartmatic voting machines, a system controlled by the president himself, made their debut.
Why does Salas make such a claim? Because the Venezuelan state owned the company in charge of designing the voting software used by the voting machines. In a country where there is no division of public powers, since they are all under the aegis of the executive's opinions, this is what leads Guillermo Sala to equate the Venezuelan state with Hugo Chávez in allusion to the sentence awarded to Luis XIV of France, The Sun King, absolute monarch who wielded total power in the 17th century European country.
It limits the striking of the fact that after the 2004 Venezuelan elections, the use of Smartmatic's automated voting system began to spread throughout the world. He comments that he recently received information about the European Parliament would use it for the election of its members. In addition, they are used in Argentina, Brazil, the United States and Canada, while in Mexico. Smartmatic has or was in charge of the identification systems. In Belgium and Bulgaria it was also implemented and reported that, in the latter case, the presidential election has been very controversial.
Chavistas in US elections
Regarding the great expansion that the Smartmatic voting system has undergone, Guillermo Salas recalls the warning that, regarding its implementation in the United States elections, he formulated in 2006 to the Secretary of the Treasury at the time, Henry Paulson, the Democratic representative , Carolyn Maloney, who expressed concern about the purchase in 2005  by Smartmatic of the US company, Sequoia Voting Systems.
Maloney was alarmed by the incursion of a company linked to Chavismo in the electoral system of the United States and requested information from the Treasury Department on the matter, since it was a purchase that had to have the approval of said office. The Congressional Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was investigating the purchase.
Maloney warned the Secretary of the Treasury about the possible investment of the Venezuelan government in Smartmatic, due to the existing links between the company and the government of Hugo Chávez. The Democratic representative annexed to her communication a compilation of articles that revealed the relationship, including a note from The Miami Herald entitled
"Venezuela has participation in the electoral ballots"
that announced the acquisition by a company totally linked to the government. from Chávez, from one of the largest voting companies in the US.
Due to the fact that Maloney's first communication to the Secretary of the Treasury did not receive a response, he sent him a second one on October 6 of that same year 2006, in which he stated that “it is indisputable that Smarmatic, a company that has foreign owners, has acquired Sequoia Voting Systems, which processed more than 125 million votes in the 2004 US presidential elections, which greatly alarmed the US government. "
This fact was echoed by The New York Times, and in a publication entitled
"The United States investigates the ties of voting machines with Venezuela"  , it warned that just seven months after the 2004 recall referendum was held Against Chávez in Venezuela, Smartmatic bought Sequoia Voting Systems.
The New York Times note said:
"The federal government is investigating the purchase last year of a major US manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company linked to the left-wing Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez."
Before winning the contract with Venezuela to automate voting, “Smartmatic was then a fledgling technology company. His registered office was Boca Ratón, Florida, in the home of the father of one of the two young Venezuelan engineers who were his main officers, Antonio Mugica and Alfredo Anzola, and he had a one-room office with a single secretary ”.
However, shortly after having crowned the Venezuelan contract, it bought one of the most important voting companies in the United States, such as Sequoia Voting Systems.
The New York Times note indicates that the company making this purchase had claimed that it had “two operating companies, small contracts for secure communications software that, according to a Smartmatic spokesperson, had a total value of around 2 million of dollars".
In other words, Guillermo Salas highlights, the little ant bought the elephant, something that The New York Times found highly suspicious.
Faced with the scandal that arose, they frozen the operation for a time.
Concern returns in the US.
In 2020 Smartmatic again became an object of concern in the United States, when the company participated in the US elections and disclosures began to be made about its directors.
Until a few months ago, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown was a member of the Smartmatic board of directors, whom some describe as a "second son" to George Soros.
Guillermo Salas recalls that such an event raised concerns in the United States about a possible relationship between Smartmatic and Dominion Voting System.
Salas stresses that Lord Mark Malloch-Brown was vice president of George Soros' mutual funds, as well as being director of the Crisis Group  , an NGO with great influence in many countries, including Venezuela. Malloch-Brown is also the director of the World Economic Forum  , a globalist institution also called the Davos Forum: he is currently the president of the Open Society Foundation, which is an organization “founded by George Soros, [who] is the largest private funder of independent groups that work for justice, democratic governance and human rights in the world ”, according to its website  . In addition, Salas refers that this last organization is pointed out of wanting to impose a new world order.
Salas points out that Mark Malloch-Brown wrote the book "The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Boundaries of Nations and the Search for a New Politics." In this regard, the electoral expert expresses his concern since people who describe themselves as revolutionaries “feel they have the right to break certain norms. This personally worries me. Malloch-Brown is a person totally linked to George Soros. Many saw it as a mere chance, an investment by Soros, while others were very concerned by the presence of Lord Mark Mallow-Bronw on the board of Smartmatic ”.
To be continued......
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