Just a few short days ago your much maligned reporter suggested that the Robocall scandal was a nefarious plot by the Liberals to discredit the Tories, since they didn’t have much else to do….. and didn’t have much else to do it with!
Well, rather than gloat, or say “I told you so,” I will just let you read this article in today’s’ National Post.
Newly revealed ‘Pierre Poutine’ robocall appeared to be from Liberal: Elections Canada
Postmedia News Mar 23, 2012 – 5:19 PM ET | Last Updated: Mar 23, 2012 5:24 PM ET
Aaron Lynett/National Post
Protesters gather and chant at Toronto’s Yonge Dundas Square, Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2012, on what organizers are calling the National Day of Action Against Election Fraud. Elections Canada is reviewing more than 31,000 reports of Canadians receiving robocalls
By Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher
The mysterious “Pierre Poutine” who launched misleading robocalls into Guelph, Ont., on election day also recorded another voice message in support of the local Liberal candidate in the riding.
The message was uploaded to Edmonton voice-blasting company RackNine, along with the misdirecting fake Elections Canada call, but never sent out.
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The second recording was revealed in a sworn statement by Al Mathews, the Elections Canada investigator leading the probe into robocalls in Guelph that went out to more 5,000 people, directing them to the wrong polling stations on election day.
According to Mathews, the second message “had the appearance of being in support of the Frank Valeriote (Liberal Party) campaign in Guelph. The voice sounded to me as though computer generated rather than a script read by a person.”
Poutine had set up a call display number with RackNine, also not used, that corresponded to Valeriote’s campaign office during the election.
A spokesman for Valeriote said Friday that their campaign has never used RackNine’s services. The strange call in support of Valeriote suggests it may have been intended to annoy the Liberal candidate’s supporters. In other ridings, numerous voters have complained of calls allegedly coming from Liberal candidates that came late at night or early in the morning.
The Information to Obtain a production order, sworn by Mathews on Dec. 12, 2011, was used to compel eBay International and its subsidiary, PayPal Canada, to provide details of the PayPal account used to pay for Poutine’s RackNine robocalls.
The account was registered to someone using the email address pierres1630(at)gmail.com and fake name Pierre Jones. To RackNine owner Matt Meier, the customer number 93 was known as Pierre Jones of 54 Lajoie Nord in Joliette, Quebec, a town northwest of Montreal.
There’s a Royal Canadian Legion at 56 Lajoie Nord. A woman working there on Friday said there is no 54 Lajoie Nord.
The order served on PayPal required it to turn over account details, transaction history and the IP address used by email@example.com, whenever he or she connected to the payment company’s servers.
Documents filed in court in Ottawa Friday morning show that PayPal provided credit card information, activity logs and transactions logs to Mathews.
Mathews’ statement says that the fake Elections Canada message went out to 7,676 numbers between 10:03 and 10:14 on election day — at a cost of only $162.10.
Meier told Mathews that Pierre Jones claimed to be a University of Ottawa student but Mathews could find no record of a student with that name. He concluded the name and the address in Joliette also appeared to be false.
Annoying calls made to appear to originate with a political opponent are one of the techniques dubbed “ratf***ing” by political operatives in the U.S., who used them to discourage supporters of Democratic presidential nomination challenger Edmund Muskie before the Watergate scandal.