Fact Check: "2020 Election Data" Video Centerpiece Of Lindell Cyber Symposium Has Identical Data For Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: "2020 Election Data" Video Centerpiece Of Lindell Cyber Symposium Has Identical Data For Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Duplicates

Does a blurry video posted to Mike Lindell's Frankspeech.com show internally consistent evidence of election fraud? No, that's not true: the (clearer) screenshot that serves as the thumbnail image for the video shows identical data for Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. That would suggest the video documents manufactured evidence. The video was also used as the centerpiece of Mike Lindell's Cyber Symposium in Sioux Falls, SD on August 10-12, 2021 and was frequently refered to as the proof for the claims being made on stage about election fraud.

The video appeared in a post on Frankspeech on August 10, 2021 (archived here). This is what the post looked like:

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However the video was quite blurry and hard to make out, so we looked at the source code of the webpage and found the image that is normally used as the thumbnail for the post when it is shared on social media: https://cdn.frankspeech.com/rollingvideoloopmp4197246/thumbnails/rollingvideoloopmp4197246_thumb.0000004.jpg (archived here).

Note you can see the full video hosted on the page here: https://cdn.frankspeech.com/rollingvideoloopmp4197246/mp4/rollingvideoloopmp4197246.mp4 (archived here).

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We downloaded the image and you can see it below:

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(click the image for a full-size version)

Notice anything special about those Pennsylvania and Wisconsin columns?

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That's right, they are completely identical.

Photos taken by cyber expert Robert Graham on August 10, 2021 show the video being on display in a kiosk near the stage at Lindell's Cyber Symposium. Even though the characters are a bit blurry you can clearly see the exact same patterns being repeated.

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(Image credit: Robert Graham. Click on the images for a full size version)

Here is a blowup of the image with some highlights added that show identical patterns in both columns.

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Here's one more image sent in by Robert:

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He sent us several more that you can see here:

Now, we don't know what this data is supposed to represent. According to our cyber expert Robert Graham it certainly doesn't look like packet captures from an election, and there are good reasons to assume the data shown in the video is simply the result of running hex dump software on text files containing made up data.

But whatever it supposedly is (hacker attack sources/targets?) it would be impossible for the same sources to attack exactly the same targets in two different states. Not every state has the same towns. There are the exact same references to "Mercer County", "Florida", "Pennsylvania", "Chicago, Illinois", "Virginia" etc., on exactly the same lines.

That means this evidence is internally inconsistent and thus invalid, something we said we would be looking for in our post announcing the list of questions we were going to try and get answered at Lindell's Cyber Symposium.

Updates:

  • 2021-08-11T17:03:51Z 2021-08-11T17:03:51Z
    Added more photos.
  • 2021-08-11T11:05:55Z 2021-08-11T11:05:55Z
    Added Robert Graham photos. Updated headline and first paragraph to add that the video was being used as the centerpiece of the Mike Lindell Cyber Symposium.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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