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Computer election fraud in Israel 2013? Mystery solved! Shin-Bet job?The deceptive, possibly harmful email response by the Knesset Freedom of Information office today bears the fingerprints of the Shin-Bet...
Figure: Publication by activists, documenting adulteration of the 2013 election results data about 2 weeks ago on the Central Election Committee web site. [i]
OccupyTLV, October 10 -- earlier today, FOIA response has been received from the Knesset (parliament). The request pertained to IT system of the Central Election Committee, asking for records documenting its development, validation, operation and security. [ii]
The response, received today by email from the Knesset Freedom of Information office (copied below):
a) Fails to duly include a FOIA request number;
b) Fails to state the position of the person, who sent the email message;
d) When opened, the file contained no text at all (see Figure 2, below).
Reply on the FOIA response has been sent to the Knesset Freedom of Information office (copied below), and copied to Prof Eli Biham -- head of the Technion Cyber Security Research Center, [iii] Prof Danny Dolev -- head of the Hebrew University Cyber Security Research Center, and MK Karin Elharar -- Chair of the State Oversight Committee.
The Knesset FOIA response is not at all surprising: Regardless of payment of request fees, the office refused to duly issue a Request Number, regardless of repeat requests.
The FOIA request was filed following publications alleging large-scale computer fraud in the 2016 general election, where PM Netanyahu's win defied all pollsters' up to the last minute predictions. Petition, which was filed with the Supreme Court in this matter was summarily denied for lack of standing. The fraud was estimated at 4-8 seats in the Knesset (out of 120). [iv]
Circumstances, where the Knesset is not ready, willing, able to uphold the Freedom of Information Act (that the Knesset itself enacted), in request pertaining to IT systems of the Central Election Committee (that the Knesset purportedly developed and operates), whose output is the foundation for the lawful authority of the current Knesset and the current executive, must again raise concerns regarding the nature of the current Israeli regime. [v]
Figure: Attorney Yael Kotick, "coordinator" of the forced psychiatric hospitalization of anti-judicial corruption protester Joelle Ben Simon. Formerly, a senior Ministry of Justice officer, there is no information regarding her current appointment. FOIA response regarding her appointment came back as a black electronic file.
It is notable that the Knesset's FOIA response today is remarkably similar to a recent FOIA response by the Ministry of Justice, pertaining to the current appointment of Attorney Yael Kotick. Attorney Kotick has gained some recent notoriety as the "coordinator" of the forced psychiatric hospitalization of anti-judicial corruption protester Joelle Ben Simon. [vi] Attorney Kotick was represented to Ben Simon as a senior Ministry of Justice officer. Indeed she had been one until a few years ago. However, there was good reason to suspect that today she was on loan to the Shin-Bet. The FOIA response regarding Kotick's current appointment was a blank electronic file as well. It is possible that blank electronic files are today the operating routine in FOIA requests that get uneasily close to Deep State in Israel"