A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio died in a plane crash. Michael Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count in Ohio and his access to Karl Rove’s email files and how they went missing.

Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell’s activities, revealed that Connell had said he was afraid George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.” Cliff Arnebeck had also previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to “take the fall.”

Stephen Spoonamore,the whistleblower who’s the one who named Connell, said — and I’ve seen his own contemporary notes —-Stephen Spoonamore is a conservative Republican, a former McCain supporter and a very prominent expert at the detection of computer fraud. He’s the star witness in the Ohio lawsuit, right, in which Connell was involved. He has done extensive work of this kind, involving computer security, and had therefore worked with Connell, knew Connell personally and knew a lot of the people who were involved in the sort of cyber-security end of the Bush operation.

Despite his conservatism -— or I suppose some would say because of it — he’s a man of principle — I mean, believes in the Constitution. He believes elections should be honest. He’s the one who came forward and named Connell. Since the deposition — I want to make this clear; we said it before, I want to repeat it — that Connell indicated very clearly a desire to talk further, to tell more, whether it’s his conscience bothering him or whether it’s fear of some kind of a perjury charge because of how vigorously he stonewalled at the deposition. He made it known to the lawyers, he made it known to reporter Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story, that he wanted to talk. He was scared, he'd already been threatened by Rove. " These people kill people, you know" Connell was heard to have said.

Michael Connell died when his single-engine plane crashed as he was attempting to land at an Ohio airport near his home. The crash investigation, conducted at night and virtually summed up within hours, leaves questions by itself.

At the time of his death, the only mainstream news outlet to even mention Connell’s death and the controversies surrounding his involvement in electronic voting was a single CBS/AP story.

The above copied from a number of sources

http://www.projectcensored.org/12-mysterious-death-of-mike-connell-karl-...

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/22/republican_it_specialist_dies_in_...

https://arran.wordpress.com/2007/01/19/how-the-republicans-stole-the-200...

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