Twenty-four hours after New York Times reporter Stuart Thompson attacked an “election denier” claim about an election software firm as a “conspiracy theory,” he was forced to report on its CEO’s arrest on suspicion of stealing data from poll workers and storing it in China.
On Monday, Thompson published a sympathetic portrayal of a Michigan election software company called Konnech and its CEO in an article with the title and subtitle, “How a Tiny Elections Company Became a Conspiracy Theory Target: Election deniers catapulted a Michigan firm with just 21 U.S. employees to the center of unfounded voter fraud claims, exposing it to vicious threats.”
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“Using threadbare evidence, or none at all, the group suggested that a small American election software company, Konnech, had secret ties to the Chinese Communist Party and had given the Chinese government backdoor access to personal data about two million poll workers in the United States,” Thompson wrote.
Turned out, the ‘threadbare evidence’ is factual, and the Los Angeles District Attorney agrees that the ‘election deniers’ are right.
“Mr. Gascón’s office said its investigators had found data stored in China. Holding the data there would violate Konnech’s contract with the county,” he continued, after noting that Konnech had denied this to The Times for his article published the day before.