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Washington Post identifies Powell's secret witness as pro-Trump podcaster

The Washington Post has identified a secret witness in filings protesting the presidential election —who was presented by pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell as a former intelligence contractor — as a pro-Trump podcaster. 

The Post identified the witness as pro-Trump podcaster Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman.

In the affidavit, the witness identifies herself as a former “private contractor with experience gathering and analyzing foreign intelligence.” She claimed that from 1999 to 2014 she delegated tasks to contractors in the U.S. and in foreign countries. 

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The Post said it identified the witness as Maras-Lindeman by matching parts of her affidavit with a 2019 blog post.

Powell in legal filings had claimed that the witness’s identity had to be kept secret to protect her “reputation, professional career and personal safety.”

Maras-Lindeman confirmed to the outlet that she authored the affidavit, telling the Post that “this is everybody’s duty” and that the results of the election are “just not fair.”

Federal judges have rejected the complaints that Powell has filed in Wisconsin and Arizona targeting the election results that include Maras-Lindeman’s affidavit. 

Maras-Lindeman told the Post that she has never spoken to Powell and that she distributed the affidavit to several individuals. She was not immediately made aware that the claims had reached Powell.  

The Trump campaign in recent weeks has sought to distance itself from Powell, with Trump's lead attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe wild card that might save Democrats in the midterms Court sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani MORE and senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis releasing a statement last month saying that she “is not a member of the Trump Legal Team.” 

However, the president has reportedly discussed the idea of naming Powell to the position of special counsel for an investigation into alleged voter fraud.