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Diebold Added Secret Patch to Georgia E-Voting Systems in 2002, Whistleblowers Say

By Matthew Cardinale, News Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (September 28, 2006)

(APN) ATLANTA - Top Diebold corporation officials ordered workers to install secret files to Georgia's electronic voting machines shortly before the 2002 Elections, at least two whistleblowers are now asserting, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Former Diebold official Chris Hood told his story concerning the secret "patch" to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., for Kennedy's second article on electronic voting in this week's Rolling Stone Magazine.

Hood's claims corroborate a second whistleblower who spoke with Black Box Voting and Wired News in 2003.

After the tantalizing reference to the Georgia 2002 Race in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s last Friday Rolling Stone article here
a second whistleblower has come forward to claim a "secret patch" was ordered applied to voting machines by Diebold Executive Urosevich [Chief of Diebold's Election Division]  

"With the primaries looming, [Chief of Diebold's Election Division] Urosevich was personally distributing a `patch,' a little piece of software designed to correct glitches in the computer program," Rolling Stone Magazine reported.

The "patch" was applied to about 5,000 polling places in Fulton and DeKalb Counties in 2002, Rolling Stone reported.

The second whistleblower, Rob Behler, was contracted to work with Diebold in the lead up to the 2002 Elections.

Diebold of course denies all:

Diebold officials first denied any patches were applied in an interview with Salon in 2003, according to Wired News.

"We have analyzed that situation and have no indication of that happening at all," Joseph Richardson, Diebold spokesperson, is reported to have told Salon at the time.

Cathy Cox's Roll:

Where was Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox during all this?

Apparently, Diebold leadership asked employees to not let her office know about the patch or patches.

And Diebold first alleged this application of patches wasn't going on.

However, Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox appears to have found out anyway.

And Diebold appears to have at some point acknowledged the patches existed.

...And the Significance of this, you might ask...well War Hero Max Cleland went into the election night ahead in the polls 5-6% points and lost the next morning by 7% points.

from BoomanTribune

the 2002 election in Georgia, that is the one where Max Cleland's five to six point lead was erased overnight to a seven point loss, leading to a miraculous win by Saxby Chambliss, which even describes his come from behind win as "stunning and historical" in his Senate website.

...And the Corporate Media Silence:  Yessss Indeed:

"Atlanta Progressive News is the only media outlet in Georgia that's covering this story," Garland Favorito of VoterGA said.

...Governor's race flipped to the Republicans too.

...It just keeps getting better and better for us "Fraudsters"

...How long are we as a Nation prepared to allow these Electoral Atrocities to occur?

Originally posted to Blue Shark on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 04:29 PM PDT.

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