Disinfo: US Army raided a CIA facility in Germany to seize Dominion servers

Summary

The Dominion scandal is spreading slowly, also because the American and European media – all of them hostile to President Donald Trump – wish to cover it up. The Dominion software used for the electoral counts in the US presidential elections manipulated the votes in favour of the Democratic candidate. This discovery led a few days ago a US Army tactical team to raid a CIA facility in Frankfurt, Germany, to seize Dominion servers and system logs. Gina Haspel’s CIA was not informed in advance of this raid.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US presidential election by alleging that the Dominion electoral software – one of the software used by voting machines in the US – has deleted millions of pro-Trump votes in the November 2020 presidential elections.

This unsubstantiated claim has been spread by US far-right conspiratorial websites, and has been debunked here and here.

The Geopolitica.ru article also seeks to amplify a closely related disinformation message that was spread by a series of social media posts on 14 November, claiming that US military forces in Germany had seized servers that revealed massive electoral fraud and provided evidence that Trump had actually won a landslide victory in the elections. For example, an article (here), titled “INTEL: US Military Raided Scytl Servers in Germany For Evidence After Vote Switching Scandal”, was published by GreatGameIndia, and shared on social media here, here and here.

Some of these posts alleged that the confiscated electoral servers belonged to the Dominion Voting Systems company, while others suggested that the servers belonged to the Scytl Electronic Voting company. Another version of this narrative alleged that the confiscated servers were on CIA property.

The claim that the US military seized election servers in Germany is also not true and has been debunked here and here.

The Scytl Electronic Voting company confirmed in a statement that they have not been raided by the U.S. Army and do not have offices in Germany and that the company is not linked to Dominion Voting Systems.

Dominion Voting Systems also stated that the story is false. “There is no truth whatsoever to the claims,” a Dominion spokesperson wrote in an email to Associated Press (AP) when asked if the company stored data on servers in Germany and if it was aware of a U.S. military operation to seize those servers. The US Army also stated to AP that the claim was not true.

Furthermore, the US Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (CGG) Executive Committee and the US Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) said in a statement that election security officials have no evidence that ballots were changed, deleted or lost by voting systems in the Nov. 3 U.S. elections, and that this election “was the most secure in American history.”

Read a similar case claiming that the US Army seized a server in Germany operated by the Scytl company, through which the US presidential elections were rigged.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian, English
  • Country: US, Germany
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Democratic Party (US), Manipulated elections/referendum, Donald Trump, CIA

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