(TELESUR) – In the Trump administration’s newest scheme to discredit the U.S. presidential elections and claim widespread voter fraud, it baselessly seeks to claim that the Venezuelan government, particularly the late Commander Hugo Chavez, are to blame.
Based on the testimony of “one very strong witness”—an unnamed Venezuelan source, purportedly an opposition military defector once close to Chavez—Powell falsely claims that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, two electronic voting system companies involved in the U.S. elections, used technology created in Venezuela under the direction of Chavez in the U.S. presidential elections.
Powell claims that Chavez supposedly had the technology created to ensure he would never lose an election after the recall referendum in 2004 led to an allegedly unwanted result. The witness whose affidavit was submitted in Lin Wood’s plea in Georgia on behalf of the Trump campaign was, according to Powell, with Chavez when the late leader saw how the voting technology operated to “make sure the election came out his way, which was the expressed purpose of creating this software.”
Powell then makes the jump to allege that this witness, upon learning of Biden’s widening advantage after mail-in and early ballots were processed in the week after November 3rd, knew that the same thing had happened in the U.S. elections as had occurred in the Venezuelan referendum more than 15 years earlier, purportedly due to Smartmatic technology.
While Smartmatic founder and CEO are indeed Venezuelan businessmen Antonio Mugica, and Smartmatic’s election technology has been used in Venezuelan (as well as Brazilian, Belgian, Chilean, Estonian, British, U.S. numerous other) elections, there is no active partnership or ownership deal between the firm and Dominion Voting Systems, according to AP and statements released by both