Spanish – Since Monday, Smartmatic has launched a series of legal mechanisms to attack Fox News, One America News Network (OAN), and Newsmax television networks. This would initiate a battle of the company whose objective is that the said media retract for having spread the denunciations related to electoral fraud made by the legal team of President Donald Trump, as well as other allies of the Republican cause.
Once the procedure involving the emission of the votes of the members of the Electoral College was completed, which -according to media projections- granted 306 electoral votes to the Democrat Joe Biden and 232 to the Republican Donald Trump, Smartmatic directed its legal artillery towards the conservative media that lent their spaces to talk about the alleged irregularities in the elections.
The company, whose president is the Venezuelan Antonio Mugica, sent legal notices to those companies. In his opinion, “false and defamatory statements” were published, and he demanded a retraction. The company’s spokesperson indicates that “this campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine the elections that were legitimately held,” according to a press release.
Smartmatic’s presence and participation in this election have been quite controversial despite clarifying that it only provided software and systems in Los Angeles County, a jurisdiction where Democrat Joe Biden won.
The name of this company has been linked to the company Dominion Voting Systems through statements by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, as well as by journalist Lou Dobbs and attorney Sidney Powell, among others.
What does Smartmatic claim?
Smartmatic delivered its legal petition asking for a retraction along with a sheet of paper that includes the televised interventions where it was linked to the allegations of electoral fraud or, failing that, the times when it was mentioned or related to Dominion.
In this respect, the company affirmed that “Fox News told its millions of viewers and readers that Smartmatic was founded by Hugo Chavéz” and that it was “designed to rig the elections.
Smartmatic’s lawyers also said in their letter to Fox News that billionaire leftist investor George Soros has no ties to the company.
However, The Epoch Times states that this document “confirmed that Lord Mark Malloch Brown, president of SGO, the company that owns Smartmatic, is the president of Soros’ organization, Open Society Foundation.”
Similarly, another man linked to Smartmatic is now part of Biden’s transition team. This is Peter Neffenger, who is on the board of directors of that company. The company’s president for the United States is part of the Democrat’s transition team as a volunteer at the Department of Homeland Security, as reflected on the Biden-Harris website.
Neffenger also served as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from 2015 to 2017 during the Barack Obama administration, Newsweek magazine noted.
A look at Smartmatic’s roots
Antonio Mugica runs Smartmatic with Roger Piñate. The company was founded and registered in Boca Raton, Florida, at the same address as a cooperative of Petroleos de Venezuela called Petrolusa, reveals the documentary Dangerous Connections by Guillermo Salas, founder of the electoral control organization, Esdata.
Smartmatic organized 15 elections during the mandate of Hugo Chávez and also of Nicolás Maduro. This is shown in this audiovisual material that reveals important details about the questioned company. An article in the New York Times talks about a 200,000 USD loan to the company by the regime as a guarantee for 28% of the shares.
The US media also reports that “Venezuelan officials later insisted that the money was simply a small business loan and that it was repaid before the 2004 recall referendum.”
However, Smartmatic earned 120 USD million with the first three elections organized, according to NYT.
On the other hand, the company Dominion is associated with certain irregularities due to the failures of its electronic systems. According to American Thinker, this technology was purchased from Smartmatic through its subsidiary Sequoia.
Dominion, according to the media, denies its links, although, at one point, it allowed Smartmatic to market its same technology abroad in places where Dominion did not do business.
The irregularities with Dominion have not been few. In fact, the result of a forensic audit conducted on Sunday, December 6, on 22 Dominion machines in rural Antrim County, Michigan, was revealed this Monday.
The result of this investigation left the researchers speechless. The report of the tolerable election error rate established by the Federal Election Commission guidelines is 1 per 250,000 ballots or 0.0008 %.
However, the result of the forensic audit was as follows: “We observed an error rate of 68.05 %. This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in election security and integrity.”
Dominion participated in 28 states for the presidential election. These include the disputed territories, namely Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.