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Cyber Ninjas Defy Order To Turn Over Audit Data — Threatened With Legal Action

Cyber Ninjas Defy Order To Turn Over Audit Data — Threatened With Legal Action

The Cyber Ninjas group that performed the election ‘audit’ in Arizona has been ordered to turn over a heap of documentation. They’re refusing to do so, and an oversight committee is threatening legal action if they don’t comply.

PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 03: A contractor working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, looks at ballots from the 2020 general election on May 3, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza for the Washington Post)

A court ruling last week affirmed that the Arizona Senate is required to disclose as part of the public record the documentation of their election audit. The appeals court, HuffPost reports, assured the Senate that the fact that their lead contractor, Cyber Ninjas, is a private company, does not absolve them of this requirement.

Of course, Cyber Ninjas’ Qanon connections and perceived bias in the matter makes the documents an even greater public interest, and makes the apparent attempt to withhold them all the more concerning.

Now, Reuters reporter Jan Wolfe is sharing that Cyber Ninjas refuses to turn over these documents, specifically those that pertain to communication with Donald Trump or others with a stake in the outcome of the audit.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee aren’t taking this lightly. The full document cited in Wolfe’s tweet above can be seen here (PDF).

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It’s a letter signed by Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of Cyber Ninjas, one Douglas Logan.

The missive notes that Cyber Ninjas was given an extension and instead of returning the required information, “rais[ing] a litany of unjustified objections in an apparent effort to avoid producing documents,” and cites the concerns that make these documents so relevant:

…Cyber Ninjas’ apparent lack of experience in conducting election-related audits, constant reports
that the company engaged in sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity
of ballots and voting equipment, and evidence that you and several individuals funding the audit
have not displayed impartiality, but rather sought to promote the “big lie” of debunked election
fraud allegations…

Finally, Raskins and Maloney warn that Cyber Ninjas has until August 27th, a final extension, to produce the documents, or the committee will “be forced to consider other steps to obtain compliance.”

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