Death of GOP IT Guru Fuels Conspiracy Mills

Plane crash involving Karl Rove's IT consultant raises suspicions
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 5:00 AM CST
Michael Connell was dubbed a "high IQ Forrest Gump" by one lawyer due to his connection to so many alleged crimes involving Republicans and the Bush administration.   (The Zoo)
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(Newser) – The death of Karl Rove's IT consultant in a plane crash last week has let loose a flood conspiracy theories, the Zoo reports. Michael Connell was due to testify in a case alleging voter fraud in Ohio in 2004, and had asked for police protection, according to some reports. He crashed while piloting his small plane. Many believe the crash is highly suspicious in light of the strategist's flying experience and involvement with the Republican Party.

Some speculate the dead flyer was about to reveal incriminating secrets on thousands of missing White House emails sent by officials, including Rove, in an alternative email system developed by Connell. Some of the missing emails related to the scandalous firings of US attorneys involved in prosecutions unpopular with Republican leadership.  A source told the Huffington Post that the religious man may have had "second thoughts" after believing the GOP was doing God's work. FAA crash investigators have so far found no evidence of sabotage.