Almost two weeks after Joe Biden was proclaimed the winner of the 2020 Presidential election, Donald Trump’s legal team held a bizarre press conference at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters to lay out their master theory about the election.
Sidney Powell, who at the time was one of Trump’s attorneys, declared, “What we are really dealing with here, and uncovering more by the day, is the massive influence of communist money through Venezuela, Cuba, and likely China, and the interference with our elections here in the United States.”
Powell went on to state that a Colorado-based business called Dominion Voting Systems secretly tampered with vote-counting equipment in at least two dozen states, skewing the results in Democrats’ favor.
As the “big Lie” grew it included the Clinton Foundation and a vast circle of élite corporate elites among the major conspirators, in addition to international Marxists. Then entered Trump’s long-time friend and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who added George Soros and major technology corporations to the list. The reluctance of major news outlets to report on the fraud was due to “global interests,” according to Powell.
Powell began filing lawsuits with papers attempting to back up her claims just a week later. One of them came from an unidentified hacker known only as “Spyder” or “Spider,” a moniker inspired by the web-like designs that adorned his supporting materials. Spider said he discovered “unambiguous evidence” that Dominion had allowed America’s foreign adversaries to sway election results by investigating the company’s network connections and uncovering flaws in its Web site. Spider was identified in early December after his name was discovered in a bookmark of a court document: he was Joshua Merritt, a 43-year-old military veteran, and information technology consultant, who lived in Dallas with his wife and children.
“Code-named “Spyder,” Powell was billing her source as a “military intelligence expert,” but, in reality, he was an IT consultant in Dallas named Joshua Merritt who had failed to complete his entry-level training course in military intelligence, and that was fifteen years ago.”
— Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) July 23, 2021
Merritt was described as a member of the Oath Keepers, a hardline right-wing group, according to the New Yorker. Merritt had joined the group in 2010, identifying himself as a soldier with an address at an Afghan forward operating post. The Oath Keepers had helped promote a version of a decades-old conspiracy theory that a globalist business and political élite—often referred to as the New World Order—was attempting to undermine American democracy and sovereignty by recruiting current and former military and law-enforcement officials.
In many aspects, the idea echoed the statements made by Powell, Giuliani, and members of Trump’s legal team after the election.
“I have been in since after Sept. 11 to take up what I felt was the calling of our nation.” Merritt wrote on his membership form. “I started wondering why it felt wrong, there were things that didn’t add up, and I looked around to see who else agreed,” he wrote. Online, Merritt came across a video by an early advocate for the Oath Keepers, and, he wrote, “his words hit me like a wall of reality.” I sent an e-mail to the address on his form. “You’re well researched,” Merritt quickly replied. “Give me a call”
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Months after Biden’s inauguration, a third of Americans and an estimated two-thirds of Republicans still believed he won the presidency only due to voter fraud. Merritt was among them.
Merritt recently told the New Yorker that he was disappointed with Trump because he believed he had given up too easily the fight against the rigged election. Despite the fact that courts have rejected charges of extensive voter fraud, Merritt remains enthusiastic about his hypotheses about the corporation. He fantasized about giving a TED-style talk that would explain everything to a wider audience.
Merritt complained that members of Powell’s team were prevented from conducting their own analysis of the Dominion machines. When asked by the media outlet if they had inspected the machines and found no issues would he admit there was no fraud?
“I would have to see the source code,” he replied.