After erroneously reporting that Arizona “right-wing” election deniers had crafted a conspiracy theory that election software company Konnech had secret ties to the CCP and gave the party access to personal data about two million U.S. poll workers, The New York Times was forced to report the true story.
The next day Konnech’s top executive, Eugene Yu, was arrested for the alleged theft of poll workers’ personal information.
The Times’ original lead read, “At an invitation-only conference in August at a secret location southeast of Phoenix, a group of election deniers unspooled a new conspiracy theory about the 2020 presidential outcome.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The initial piece, published Tuesday, detailed how “conspiracy theorists” have attacked election officials and private companies, alleging that they played a role in subverting the the 2020 presidential election. The piece suggested that the allegations against Konnech illustrate “how far-right election deniers are also giving more attention to new and more secondary companies and groups.”
“In the two years since former President Donald J. Trump lost his re-election bid, conspiracy theorists have subjected election officials and private companies that play a major role in elections to a barrage of outlandish voter fraud claims,” the piece read. “But the attacks on Konnech demonstrate how far-right election deniers are also giving more attention to new and more secondary companies and groups. Their claims often find a receptive online audience, which then uses the assertions to raise doubts about the integrity of American elections.”
Shortly after writing the article, The Times was forced to report that Yu had been arrested on suspicion of stealing the personal poll worker data. On Tuesday, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón announced that Yu had been arrested but that “the alleged conduct had no impact on the tabulation of votes and did not alter election results.”
The press release continued, “Konnech distributes and sells its proprietary PollChief software, which is an election worker management system that was utilized by the county in the last California election. The software assists with poll worker assignments, communications and payroll. PollChief requires that workers submit personal identifying information, which is retained by the Konnech.”
It added, “Under its $2.9 million, five-year contract with the county, Konnech was supposed to securely maintain the data and that only United States citizens and permanent residents have access to it. District Attorney investigators found that in contradiction to the contract, information was stored on servers in the People’s Republic of China.”