SGO Chairman Appointed to Lead Open Society Foundations Amid Allegations Against Their Smartmatic Voting System
SGO Chairman Appointed to Lead Open Society Foundations Amid Allegations Against Their Smartmatic Voting System

By Gary Du

George Soros announced that British Lord Mark Malloch-Brown the chairman of SGO Corporation, the holding company that owns Smartmatic, will lead Open Society Foundations.

“I applaud Patrick Gaspard’s leadership of the Open Society Foundations in a world beset by illiberalism. Mark Malloch-Brown will be Open Society’s new president. He is deeply familiar with its work and shares my vision of philanthropy,” Soros, the philanthropic organization’s founder and chair, said in a statement Friday on Twitter.

Malloch-Brown is the chairman of SGO, an investor group whose leading business owns Smartmatic election systems. Its relationship with Dominion Voting Systems is drawing attention and scrutiny as numerous voter fraud allegations against Dominion Voting Systems grow in the wake of the 2020 U.S. Election.

In a statement on Friday, SGO said that Malloch-Brown “has been instrumental in the growth and development” of Smartmatic, among other companies. He is stepping down as chairman of SGO on Dec. 31.

“Smartmatic, the world’s leading elections technology company, whose systems have securely processed more than five billion votes on five continents with zero security breaches,” the statement said.

But after investigation, a former CIA official and his team found that former president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez began to look to voting machines to maintain his leadership role since 2003.

Chávez contacted Smartmatic, a voting machine supplier that was first founded by three Venezuelans—Antonio M. Mugica, Roger Piñate, and Alfredo Anzola—in Venezuela in 1997 after he found out another voting machine wouldn’t be manipulated. He eventually won the 2004 recall referendum with the help of Smartmatic counting the votes.

On its webpage called “Smartmatic Fact-checked,” the company admitted that it was founded by the 3 people and that they sold their U.S. subsidiary Sequoia Voting Systems in 2007. Three years later, it says Dominion bought Sequoia. The company denied any relationship with Dominion or Soros.

Former U.S. attorney Sidney Powell filed lawsuits in Michigan, Arizona, and Georgia, accusing Dominion Voting Systems used in these states of being equipped with the software designed by Smartmatic and manipulating the 2020 presidential election. And the former CIA official believes that Powell’s allegations are true.

The Dominion Voting Systems has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement of the Foundation, Malloch-Brown said he’s “deeply honored and humbled by the trust George has placed” in him, and he’s committed to working with Soros “to make sure we stay faithful to his original vision and values for the Foundations.”

Malloch-Brown is a former UN deputy secretary‐general and UK minister, he currently serves on the Foundations’ Global Board. He will take over effective January 1.

Nicole Hao has contributed to the report

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