The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US presidential election.
The false claims followed a Zoom call last week that featured Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, suggesting that “US Army forces” had seized servers from the Frankfurt office of the software company Scytl. In his recorded remarks, Gohmert said he had heard from “former intel people” that Scytl maintained data that could be “gleaned” to prove Republican votes had been changed to Democratic ones in the Nov. 3 election.
But, according to the company, Scytl does not tally votes. Nor is there credible evidence that Republican votes were changed to Democratic votes in the election.
Both the Army and Scytl told The Associated Press the claim is not true. Furthermore, Scytl does not have offices or servers in Frankfurt, Germany.
Jonathan Brill, the President and general manager for Scytl’s US division, told the Associated Press that when it comes to the US elections, “Scytl products sold to US customers are fully housed in the US, utilising Amazon Web Services and have never been housed in Germany.”
The Scytl company released a statement on Friday, November 13, titled, “Fact Checking Regarding US Elections: Debunking Fake News.” In the statement Scytl said: “We do not have servers or offices in Frankfurt” and “The US army has not seized anything from Scytl in Barcelona, Frankfurt or anywhere else.” It also says Scytl does not “tabulate, tally or count votes in the US. 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.” The company also denied any links to George Soros.