A key employee of the company that was used to send out the misdirecting robocalls in Guelph on election day appears not to exist under the name he uses online.
RackNine, the Edmonton company that suspect "Pierre Poutine" used to send voters to the wrong polling locations, is operated by Edmonton businessman Matt Meier, with the help of Rick McKnight, who is identified variously as head of marketing and web developer.
But Postmedia News and the Ottawa Citizen are unable to find anyone who knows McKnight, even though he has a healthy online identity, including 551 Facebook friends, many of them prominent.
Meier and his lawyer declined Monday to clear up the case of the mysterious McKnight.Of course it gets better. (My emphasis)
Until recently, McKnight was listed as web developer on the LinkedIn business website, the only other North American employee with a listing under RackNine. His entry says that he studied computer science at Stanford University, and that he was born on Jan. 1, although it doesn't list the year.
Meier, who is said to be helping Elections Canada with their investigation and has repeatedly said he had no knowledge of the "Poutine" robocalls, has declined to comment on McKnight's identity.Goodness me! That can get you a senate appointment.
In an interview, when asked how a reporter could get in touch with McKnight, he said "you don't," and hung up.
Now, if you haven't been reading The Gazeteer, you are now.
Here's another one for you. (I'm going to get into some shit for this).
Once, in a place not so far away, I had more than one identity. Completely approved by the government that approved it. I was not 007. I was just some yob that needed to be hidden from public view. That was before the internet.
And it worked.
So much for Matt Meier's squeaky clean Oh-Double-Nothin' in the morning discovery of "Pierre".
Update: Go to comments and read what Beijing York has unearthed.