Around the same time that then-President Barack Hussein Obama’s administration purposefully tried to hack into various states’ election systems, the nefarious Ukrainian figure known as Alexandra Chalupa posted bizarre tweets linking the administration to the veritable “terrorist” group Anonymous.
Chalupa, a former Democrat National Committee staffer whose shady activities have been linked to the Russian collusion probe, which is now under investigation by Attorney General Bill Barr, wrote an angry Facebook post after President Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016.
In the post, she disputed the results of the election, and as evidence she cited information gleaned from Obama’s Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice.
“Homeland Security/DOJ teamed up with a group that is part of Anonymous based in Washington, D.C. called ‘The Protectors,’” she wrote.
Regardless of Hillary Clinton’s concession, a close analysis must be done of the actual voting results (machine…
Posted by Alexandra Chalupa on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, Anonymous is a “loosely associated activist group … associated with collaborative, international hacktivism” aimed at governments the group dislikes.
“This group saw a lot of activity during Election Day from the Russians and believe that the voting results projected don’t match the internal and public polls because the voting results were manufactured in favor of Trump in heavily Republican counties in key states, and voting results may have been decreased for Clinton in key Democratic counties via malware that was placed by the Russians when they hacked the election systems of more than half our states,” Chalupa’s post continued.
The post was tweeted a day later by her sister, self-described “journalist” Andrea Chalupa:
My sister led Trump/Russia research at DNC. US hackers protecting voting systems believe Russia hacked vote tallies https://t.co/xu9hF1wQze
— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) November 11, 2016
To be clear, these allegations were pure conspiracy theories — ones that have been debunked numerous times since the election three years ago.
That Chalupa — a woman who worked with the conspiracy-chasing Democrats and has been defended by the partisan, conspiracy theory-loving media — would spout conspiracy theories is no shocker. What has troubled some is the timing.
Chalupa’s post was published on Nov. 9, 2016. According to an investigation by The Daily Caller, it was around this time that the Obama administration tried to hack into several states’ election systems.
“The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as ‘critical infrastructure’ for national security,” the outlet confirmed two years ago.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 23, 2017
“[W]e know that between November 1 and December 16 we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said to The Daily Caller at the time.
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney reported something similar.
“Denney said he believes DHS may have attempted to hack its state election website around Nov. 8. It wasn’t a Russian IP address mucking around in the state’s affairs, but an IP address belonging to DHS,” Computer World reported at the time, citing a since-deleted report from the Post Register.
“I don’t know what they [DHS] penetrated, or what they tried, I just know their IP address showed up as hitting our website. I don’t know what they were doing. It would have been nice if they had told us,” he reportedly said to the paper.
Then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp also reported discrepancies.
“Kemp said the state had discovered an unsuccessful attempt to breach the firewall of state computer systems. The attempt occurred on Nov. 15 and was linked to an IP address associated with DHS,” The Wall Street Journal confirmed in December of 2016.
About two months later, right after Trump took office, his administration launched an investigation into the alleged hacking of Georgia’s network:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 27, 2017
Do any of these coincidences prove that something nefarious was afoot? Not necessarily. They do however raise a myriad of pertinent questions.
One, how did Chalupa know about the Obama administration’s alleged work with Anonymous? Shouldn’t that information have been classified?
Two, did Chalupa have contacts within the Obama administration? If so, who were they? Are they still there? Is she still in touch with them?
Three, did Chalupa know about the Obama administration’s efforts to hack into various states’ election systems? If so, what did she know, and how did she know it?
Four, why did the Obama administration choose to work with Anonymous? Who knew about the operation? Was it conducted with proper oversight?
Five, was the operation to hack into various states’ election systems conducted by or with the help of Anonymous? If so, who authorized it?
If congressional Democrats ever allow their Republican colleagues to subpoena Chalupa to testify in their ongoing impeachment hearings, it may behoove Republicans to ask her some of these very questions.
In a letter sent earlier this month, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes called for Chalupa (among others) to testify as per her history of shady activity.
“She admitted to providing anti-Trump dirt to the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and to discussing such dirt with then-Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly,” he wrote.
This in itself makes her a “prime fact witness.”
“Given President Trump’s documented belief that the Ukrainian government meddled in the 2016 election to oppose his candidacy, which forms the basis for a reasonable desire for Ukraine to investigate the circumstances surrounding the election and any potential Ukrainian involvement, Ms. Chalupa is a prime fact witness,” the letter concluded.
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