RoboCon got a little more interesting and solid today after Glen McGregor made a trip to the courthouse to do a little investigating, unbeknownst to me. I was prodding CBC to ask Maher about RoboCon.
Then Stephen Maher appeared on CTV to explain what Glen found Elections Canada learned in MARCH of this year.
“Elections Canada investigator Al Mathews filed the statement on March 20 to support a request for a court order compelling Rogers to turn over subscriber information about the account that used that IP address on that day. The company complied with the order the following day.”
“RackNine records provided to Elections Canada showed that Prescott’s account had been accessed from a Rogers IP address in Guelph, 188.8.131.52”
On May 2, 2011 — election day — both clients “accessed Racknine within four minutes of each other,” using the same IP address, Mathews says in the court document.
“The IP address was registered with Rogers Cable, who said the billing information for the account goes from March 26 to May 5 of last year. The election was called on March 26, with the vote on May 2.”
Sounds like an election ISP account, possibly at the Guelph campaign office of the Conservatives (opposed to a residence of Prescott), as I’ve seen others suggest (but I haven’t seen the evidence that proves that, yet). ADDED: http://bit.ly/ISd9px Star says location of computer not confirmed yet.
Matthew McBain and Christopher Crawford said Michael Sona talked about “calling electors to tell them their poll location had changed” and “making a misleading poll moving call,” according to Matthews’ court filing.
Globe and Mail’s version of events.
The latest report confirms the accusation by LaRue of Prescott, made a month ago. Prescott has not been charged by Elections Canada, and the allegations have not been proven in court. Prescott has returned to Twitter the last two weeks, but hasn’t continued blogging at his Blogging Tory affiliated site “Christian Canadian Conservative”.
For some of his contacts with RackNine, the Pierre Poutine suspect used a proxy server based in Saskatchewan in an attempt to mask his IP address. Mathews said in the statement that he intends to seek a court order in Saskatchewan to obtain the records from freeproxyserver.ca.
Mathews says that Matt Meier, owner of RackNine, provided the list of numbers used in the fraudulent robocall to the Conservative Party, who then compared it to the list of CIMS data for Guelph. “They said the RackNine list appears to be a list of identified non-Conservative supporters.”
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Documents also reveal the Conservative Party’s own lawyer [Hamilton] admits the list of Guelph residents targeted by the calls matches a list of Conservative non-supporters identified by the party on April 27, just days before the election. […]
“They said the RackNine list appears to be a list of identified non-Conservative supporters, with data on it that was updated in CIMS on April 27, 2011,” Mathews says in the documents.
Hamilton and Rougier gave Mathews copies of two of three calling reports downloaded by Prescott on April 30, 2011, but said the third report “cannot be recovered.” The lists contain more 8,326 names of current and historical supporters, including 376 that also appeared on the list of people who got misleading calls.
This answers an old question of mine, who queried CIMS. Prescott did, as I’ve suspected for some time.
Now, we still don’t know for sure if the missing list that Prescott’s computer had downloaded to it, contained phone numbers for the 199 other ridings that Elections Canada is investigating substantiated illegal phone calls in. It would be very unlikely, unless the Conservative HQ messed up, or was hacked by whoever was using Prescott’s computer, because Prescott should not have had access to those other phone numbers given his limited CIMS account permissions. A coverup at Conservative Campaign HQ is still the most likely explanation.
Earlier claims by the Conservatives that Robocalls had no connection to the party, are shown to have been completely bogus. Their reputation appears to be one of incompetence, or lying, maybe both.
Liberal MP Frank Valeriote, who won the seat in Guelph, said in a statement that he suspects the “scheme” extends beyond Guelph.
“These calls are part of a sophisticated, systematic Conservative election fraud scheme,” he said.
Christopher Crawford, a member of the local Guelph election campaign, also talked about conversations he overheard between Mr. Sona and another staffer, Ken Morgan. Mr. Morgan was the campaign manager for Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke.
Mr. Crawford told Elections Canada he overheard a conversation in which Mr. Sona “was describing ‘how the Americans do politics,’ using the examples of calling non-supporters late at night, pretending to be Liberals, or calling electors to tell them that their poll location had changed.”
He told Elections Canada he did not think that Mr. Sona “was serious” but he added that he told his colleague that “his comments were not appropriate.”
And yet those illegal campaigns have been reported in 200 ridings. Hmm. If not them, then who else had the idea, or who gave it to Sona, and to Prescott’s computer user?
There was news today after all. Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the greasy Poutine ;-)
CBC Ombudsman defends Terry Milewski’s report on RoboCon.