Presidential Records “Custodian” Dead in Plane Crash

21 12 2008

Republican IT Consultant Mike Connell Masterminded BlueCheney / WH Logoexternal GWB43 email accounts

(update 1) (update 2) (update 3) (update 4)

So let me get this straight.  Rawstory is reporting that Mike Connell, Karl Rove’s IT Contractor, has been killed in a plane crash.

“A top level Republican IT consultant who was set to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late Friday night.

Michael Connell — founder of Ohio-based New Media Communications, which created campaign Web sites for George W. Bush and John McCain — died instantly after his single-prop, private aircraft smashed into a vacant home in suburban Lake Township, Ohio.”

This is the guy who ran the company whose mail servers handled the President’s mail for the two year period which the administration variously claims is “lost”, “archives destroyed”, “archives never created”, i.e., unavailable.  (And now, ) No matter what course of legal action, unavailable.

dead men tell no tales?

Connell’s mail servers handled at least 88 White House email accounts, according to Think Progress.  This included the VP’s and Carl Rove’s and other inner circle officials and operatives email, too.

Larisa Alexandrovna, who has reported on Connell for some time, posted this about it on her blog at-Largely yesterday (emphasis added):

Michael Connell died in a plane crash last night. He was a key witness in the Ohio election fraud case that I have been reporting on. More importantly, however, he had information that he was ready to share.

You see, Mike Connell set-up the alternate email and communications system for the White House. He was responsible for creating the system that hosted the infamous GWB43.com accounts that Karl Rove and others used. When asked by Congress to provide these emails, the White House said that they were destroyed. But in reality, what Connell is alleged to have done is move these files to other servers after having allegedly scrubbed the files from all “known” Karl Rove accounts.

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In addition, I have reason to believe that the alternate accounts were used to communicate with US Attorneys involved in political prosecutions, like that of Don Siegelman. This is what I have been working on to prove for over a year. In fact, it was through following the Siegelman-Rove trail that I found evidence leading to Connell. That is how I became aware of him. Mike was getting ready to talk. He was frightened.

It is interesting how Alexandrovna was led to Mike Connell, while investigating the US Attorney firing scandal.

So all this mail has been lost.

And now the IT guy who ran the thing is dead.  And he was getting ready to talk. And he was frightened.

And he just happened to have had a fatal accident.

Uh Huh.

-dcm

Sphere-It!

Update 1 – Pissed Off Democrat is reporting that Ohio’s Election Attorney had requested Witness Protection for Connell due to threats from Karl Rove and his associates.  Also that Velvet Revolution has called for a full federal investigation after their contacts with those close to Connell revealed the threats and concern for Connell’s safety.

Update 2 - Here is VR’s press release in yesterday’s NY Times.

Update 3 – The Brad Blog has been covering this for a while.   Also, Lisa Derrick published this piece about it on Huffington Post.  A search of YouTube video’s about Connell’s various alleged crimes is here.  Below is a video explaining a bit of the context of Mike Connell’s suspicious and untimely death.

Update 4 - 1 Boring Old Man offers a couple of informative posts, Red Flags, and Re: Mike Connell.  There’s a discussion over at E. Pluribus Media.  Locally, CantonRep.com has an accident report that brings some perspective here, which includes the below video at the scene.

Post Script

Here are the background links Larisa compiled for her post’s second update.  They are valuable for understanding the context for Mike Connell’s death.

Here are the reading materials in case you have not followed any of this closely. These are articles I have done over spanning over a year of investigative work:Part 1 – Political Prisoner

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/The_Permanent_Republican_Majority_1125.htmlPart 2 – Siegelman’s Daughter Speaks Out
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/The_permanent_Republican_majority_Daughter_of_1127.html

Part 3 – Karl Rove Running Elections from the White House
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/The_Permanent_Republican_Majority_Part_III_1216.html

Part 4 – Mississippi Prosecution, Justice Oliver Diaz
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/How_Bush_US_attorney_riddled_with_0401.html

Part 5 – Justice Diaz Speaks
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Diaz_placeholder_0408.html

Part 6 – Break-ins plague targets of political prosecutions
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Breakins_plague_Justice_Department_whistleblowers_0430.html

Part 7 – Justice for Sale
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Justice_for_Sale_How_Big_Tobacco_0828.html
Related articles:
Judge who denied Paul Minor release was protégé of Karl Rove
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Judge_in_Paul_Minor_case_was_0821.html

DOJ Investigating 2 US Attorneys
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/DOJ_Investigating_two_US_Attorneys_involved_0604.html

60 Minutes Segment on Siegelman “dropped” in Alabama
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/60_Minutes_broadcast_on_prosecution_of_0225.html

Republican IT Consultant Subpoenaed in Ohio election fraud case
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Republican_IT_consultant_subpoenaed_in_case_0929.html

Abramoff said he had agreement with White House aide just a month after Bush took office

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Abramoff_said_he_had_agreement_with_1117.html

Treasury Department investigating US Attorney for leaking state Supreme Court Justice’s tax returns

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Treasury_Department_investigating_US_Attorney_for_1201.htm

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21 12 2008
David C. Manchester

I wonder what Congress and the Justice Department’s excuse will be this time, for not pursuing this.

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