A couple of weeks before the election, the online hactivist group known as Anonymous issued this warning to Karl Rove:
“Karl Rove, American Crossroads, we are Anonymous. We are watching you. We know that you will attempt to rig the election for Mitt Romney in your favor. We will watch as your merry band of conspirators try to achieve this over throw of the United States government.”
WATCH (story continues below):
In a letter released on November 8, and uploaded to Scribd, the group now claims to have shut down a massive voter fraud attempt through ORCA, Romney’s problem-plagued election app that was designed to track the election through the app:
Orca will deploy 34,000 operatives in key precincts tomorrow, linked by a smartphone “killer app” to 800 volunteers on the floor of TD Garden (formerly Boston Garden). The Romney campaign has tried to keep Orca under wraps until the past few days. But today, Romney for President Communications Director Gail Gitcho proudly described it for us.
“At 5 o’clock when the exit polls come out, we won’t pay attention to that,” Gitcho said Monday. “We will have had much more scientific information just based on the political operation we have set up.”
Obviously, something went very wrong, and when Election Day finally came, the app failed miserably:
- Higher-than-expected traffic on the system crashed it on election day. Romney had 800 workers at Boston’s TD Garden who were using phones and computers to coordinate with field workers focused on turnout. But “the surge in traffic was so great that [ORCA] didn’t work for 90 minutes, causing panic as staffers frantically tried to restore service,” reported the Globe.
- Volunteers could not access the system. A combination of Personal Identification Number (PIN) and access certification blunders made it impossible for workers to access the system. The Globe noted that “some campaign workers reported that they had incorrect PINs and had not been informed that they needed certification to work at polling places.”
Some are attributing Romney’s loss, in part, to the failure of ORCA. But did it fail or was it purposely brought down? In the letter from Anonymous, they take responsibility for crashing the app, among other things:
Pleased we were to see that you put your faith in the hands of we protectors of democracy, and tempted too to claim your generous reward. But wealth does not drive us.
Two months prior to your offer, we chose to take action against those who have subverted the will of the people in past elections, which resulted in terrible destruction across the globe. We began following the digital traffic of one Karl Rove, a disrespecter of the Rule Of Law, knowing that he claimed to be Kingmaker while grifting vast wealth from barons who gladly handed him gold to anoint another King while looking the other way.
After a rather short time, we identified the digital structure of Karl’s operation and even that of his ORCA. This was an easy task in that barn doors were left open and the wind swept us inside.
We coded and created, what we call, The Great Oz. A targeted password protected firewall that we tested and refined over the past weeks. We placed this code on more than one of the digital tunnels and their destinations that Karl’s not so smart worker bees planned to use on election night. We noticed that these tunnels were strategically placed to allow for tunnel rats to race to the server sewers from three different states. Ah yes, Karl tried to make it appear that there were more than three but we quickly saw the folly of his ploy.
They close the letter by saying:
We sank those ships and we have a warning for Karl – sail again at your peril. We may just put all of the evidence into a tidy package and give it to a painfully bored nemesis hanging out in a certain embassy in London.
That seems to be a veiled reference to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, who has been holed up at the Ecuadoran embassy in London as he continues to fight extradition to Sweden.
While it’s difficult to verify Anonymous’ claims, if it’s true, it could explain the shocked and befuddled reaction of Rove to the results that came in from Ohio and his refusal to accept them on election night while appearing on Fox News. And what about those voting machines that turned a vote for President Obama into a vote for Romney?
Well, if what they say is true, we owe Anonymous a huge debt of gratitude.