Poor Beth Warden has been sitting through pillow salesman turned coup-promoter Mike Lindell’s “Cyber Symposium” in Sioux Falls. The three-day event, which mercifully wraps up today, was advertised as an opportunity for Lindell to prove his wild claim that China hacked the 2020 election and that Joe Biden is not the legitimately elected leader of the United States of America.
Instead, the event has reaffirmed that Mike Lindell is a liar. Texas technologist Bill Alderson, one of the cybersecurity professionals in attendance who finally received Lindell’s promised smoking-gun “packet captures” says that Lindell doesn’t actually have election data:
When Alderson received Lindell’s data on Wednesday morning, he said it didn’t add up.
“We were unable to get the data from the actual 2020 election. Very disappointing,” said Alderson.
Some of his colleagues were discovering the same thing.
“But every person who came specifically looking for those p-caps was very disappointed. Some were somewhat angry,” said Alderson.
…“They thought they had those p-caps, and they were in such a format: encrypted, decrypted, et cetera and they came out as gobbly goo, no conclusive evidence that I could analyze” [Beth Warden, “Cyber Expert Claims Mike Lindell Does Not Have Election Data, Eligible for $5 Million Award,” KSFY, 2021.08.11].
The conservative Washington Times gets confirmation of Alderson’s assessment from one of Lindell’s own hired cybersecurity experts, Josh Merritt:
Mr. Lindell said he had 37 terabytes of “irrefutable” evidence that hackers, who he said were backed by China, broke into election systems and switched votes in favor of President Biden. The proof, he said, is visible in intercepted network data or “packet captures” that were collected by hackers and could be unencrypted to reveal that a cyberattack occurred and that votes were switched.
But cyber expert Josh Merritt, who is on the team hired by Mr. Lindell to interrogate the data for the symposium, told The Washington Times that packet captures are unrecoverable in the data and that the data, as provided, cannot prove a cyber incursion by China.
“So our team said, we’re not going to say that this is legitimate if we don’t have confidence in the information,” Mr. Merritt said on Wednesday, the second day of the symposium [Joseph Clark, “Cyber Expert Says His Team Can’t Prove Mike Lindell’s Claims That China Hacked Election,” Washington Times, 2021.08.11].
Lindell had said he would stay on stage for three straight days to prove his claim, but he left the stage around 6 p.m. yesterday, right around the time that U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols ruled election-tech-maker Dominion can proceed to sue Lindell, Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani for lying about their company’s machines and the election results they reported. Cyber experts inside and outside Lindell’s organization appear to be handing Dominion evidence of Lindell’s lies.
Related Observations: Lindell claimed last month that every room in Sioux Falls was booked for his symposium. Whatever fraction of the Queen City’s motel rooms were booked for this kook parade, many of those rooms may have cleared out early, as Lindell’s crowd thinned significantly as the lies wore on:
Today Lindell is telling the last lingerers that he was “attacked” at his hotel last night and that “antifa” has infiltrated the event. His team is claiming that someone made a “threat to the data streams” and that there are “really radical folks outside trying to penetrate” the building. Reporter Petrizzo goes outside and finds people singing in the parking lot.