The auditor hired to conduct a full forensic recount of Arizona's Maricopa County election in 2020 anticipated a possible attack by "antifa" in documents a judge ordered to be unsealed.
Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, the company Arizona Senate Republicans hired to conduct a recount of 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 election, tried to keep its auditing procedures shielded from public view, according to the firm's attorneys, who claimed the documents were under seal because they contained "trade secrets."
Cyber Ninjas withheld one document, Exhibit D9, which reportedly contained "sensitive security information" and was placed under an "attorneys eyes only" designation, said attorney Dan Barr.
That document was subsequently released Thursday evening and detailed a threat assessment scenario about antifa attempting to foil the audit process, which is slated to conclude May 14.
Planners laid out scenarios that could disrupt the ballot-counting process at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where the audit is being conducted, mentioning antifa “will likely use the backed-up traffic in those six lanes to slow police and fire response to any perimeter breach operation: Any ad-hoc or opportunistic incendiary attack," according to the document obtained by 12 News.
The audit team determined that there was a “greater threat of militia activity than antifa activity" in some areas surrounding the coliseum, the documents said, but the “probability and likelihood are low.”
Antifa is shorthand for "anti-fascist" and commonly refers to leftist agitators who steer protest causes into violent actions and arson. No such disruptions have occurred during the recount.
The plan also laid out specific positions for security personnel at the audit site, including a private security company to monitor the interior of the building for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while ballots are present.
Cyber Ninjas released three documents before Exhibit D9 on Thursday, one day after county Judge Daniel Martin denied its request to keep the documents sealed as part of a lawsuit brought by Arizona Democrats. Martin offered one day for an appeal, but the firm released the documents due, in part, to calls by the media for more transparency.