Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fraud in most of 60k signatures on anti-Anwar petition, says US embassy

Published: 12 March 2015 12:13 PM

The White House has found more than 60,000 fraudulent signatures on the counter-petition to the White House on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 12, 2015.

The White House has found more than 60,000 fraudulent signatures on the counter-petition to the White House on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 12, 2015. 
More than 60,000 signatures were removed from a counter-petition to the White House on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim because most of them had originated from disposal email services, the United States Embassy in Malaysia said today.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page today, the embassy in Kuala Lumpur explained its move to temporarily take down an anti-Anwar petition "Respecting the sovereign nation of Malaysia" and then restore it with fewer signatures.
From more than 70,000 signatures initially, the petition that took issue with the US's stand on Anwar's sodomy conviction was reinstated online with around 12,000 signatures.
"The White House did remove 60,789 signatures deemed to be fraudulent because a vast majority of those signatures originated from slipry.net
"Other fraudulent signatures originated from trashmail, sharklasers, and mallinator – all disposable email services. Those fraudulent signatures occurred over the life of the petition," the embassy said in the statement.
The petition at noon today had just over 12,400 signatures.
It was started nearly a month ago after another petition in support of Anwar's freedom was launched by former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott.
It said that Malaysians were "outraged" with the White House's statement expressing disappointment with the opposition leader's conviction for sodomy, and told the US to "stop interfering in Malaysia's judiciary and rule of law".
The Federal Court on February 10 had upheld Anwar's sodomy conviction and his five-year jail sentence.
Malott's petition, "Make the release of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim from prison a top priority for US policy towards Malaysia", was also temporarily removed after standard fraud checks by the White House erroneously identified it as a petition with fraudulent signatures.
The embassy yesterday clarified that it was not the free Anwar petition but the one that took the US to task which had fraudulent signatures.
The petition for Anwar's freedom has achieved 113,122 signatures, more than the 100,000 required for it to qualify for a response from the Obama administration. – March 12, 2015.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/more-than-60k-fraud-signatures-on-anti-anwar-petition-says-us-embassy#sthash.ijA9G3Ha.dpuf

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