Infinitely guileful Venezuelan fraud squad on the loose! Massive heavy weapon shipment seized! Press liberties under siege! Moral panic in the El Diario (Bolivia) today. Click to zoom.
EL DIARIO (Bolivia) brings us a shocker of a headline today:
“The Venezuelan fraud wizards may be operating in Bolivia!”
Bolivia has scheduled a national vote of confidence on the government of Evo Morales and 9 provincial governors — 6 of them of the separatist persuasion that opposes Morales.
I do not give much credence to this story, except as a possible example of ORVEX-style disinformation, orchestrated out of Miami. It is sourced exclusively to a “U.S.-based lawyer and journalist” (read blogger), for example.
The thing that bothers me is: Are my tax dollars financing this nonsense?
I have not yet seen any credible evidence that claims of massive government-orchestrated fraud in the December 2007 Constitutional referendum in Venezuela are true.
In fact, you might even point to the fact that the government position LOST THAT VOTE as evidence that it is unlikely — although there are certainly enough gibbering wing nuts out there with an explanation for that fact.
An explanation generally invoking the folklore of infinite Communist guile, these people — very much in vein of Diogo Mainardi’s knowing, winking allusions to “those old Trotskyite propaganda tactics” and the like, in fact.
I mean that quite literally. I am not exaggerating for effect. See also
Existen indicios serios de que personal del gobierno venezolano habrían “accedido y manipulado” los registros de identidad bolivianos con la finalidad de construir una gigantesca maquinaria de fraude electoral, al igual que ocurriera en ese país donde se descubrió electores de más de 100 años, de personas que murieron o de 37.000 miembros de una misma familia con apellidos maternos y paternos similares.
There are serious indications that Venezuelan government personnel may have “accessed and manipulated” the Bolivian national ID registry for the purpose of constructing a giant electoral fraud apparatus, just like the one that operated in that country, where persons over 100 years of age were found voting, along with persons who had died and 37,000 members of the same family with similar surnames.
The gentleman may be thinking of Mexico, where public officials were convicted of selling the entire voter registry database — 65 million records — to agents of the United States government.
One of the political parties — the one that won the presidential elections — was later discovered to have illegal access to the database, through a tech company hired by the Mexican election authority to publish election results.
The company, Hildebrando, is controlled by the brother-in-law of the winning candidate, who was advised by U.S. political consultant Dick Morris on his campaign
El periodista y abogado radicado en Estados Unidos, Hernán Maldonado, aseguró que el proceso de dotación gratuita de cédulas de identidad fue “entregado” por el Gobierno boliviano a los “magos chapistas [sic] expertos en inflar registros electorales”. Recordó que la masa de electores de Venezuela creció de 10 a 16 millones en sólo una década aspecto que le “garantiza siempre el triunfo al petrodictador”.
U.S.-based journalist and attorney Hernán Maldonado assured us that the process of free distribution of ID cards was “outsourced” by the Bolivian government to “Chavist wizards who are expert at packing voter registration rolls.” He recalled that the voter rolls in Venezuela grew from 10 million to 16 million in just a decade, “guaranteeing the perpetual triumph of the petrodictator.”
The “petrodictator” lost his last election, although if you are a reader of the Folha de S. Paulo or O Globo here in Brazil — or the Reuters news service — you may have been informed otherwise.
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