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...Powell has claimed that a diabolical scheme backed by global communists had invisibly shifted votes with help from a mysterious computer algorithm pioneered by the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chvez -- a wild story debunked by fact-checkers as a "fantasy parade" and devoid of proof.
No real evidence was included in Watkins's affidavit, either. But Watkins, who said in the affidavit that he lives in Japan, nevertheless speculated that " based on his recent reading of the Dominion software's online user guide -- it may be "within the realm of possibility" for a biased poll worker to fraudulently switch votes.
Watkins's affidavit marks one of the first official connections between a notable player in the QAnon conspiracy universe and Trump's muddled multistate legal campaign, which some of the president's allies have labeled, in the words of Chris Christie, a "national embarrassment."
Many similar Trump-QAnon overtures have already played out on TV and social media since the election nearly one month ago. Watkins made similar allegations in an unchallenged segment on the far-right One America News network, which Trump retweeted to his 88 million followers last month.
Powell and her client Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, are effectively celebrities to QAnon loyalists, who posit online that both will soon help "release the Kraken" and expose a bombshell that could salvage a Trump second term, vanquish his enemies and unveil the hidden machinations of a communist conspiracy.
Since claiming to have resigned last month from 8kun, Watkins has devoted much of his online activity to claims about unfounded suspicions regarding Dominion, an 18-year-old voting-technology company whose computer programs, ballot printers and other products are used by elections officials in 28 states. Trump and his supporters have loudly attacked the Denver-based company as having contributed in some unproved way to steal the vote....