[arin-ppml] AFRINIC vote buying

Eliot Lear lear at cisco.com
Mon Jun 6 07:25:20 EDT 2022

Am I the only one on this list who finds these sorts of ad hominem attacks distasteful?  How about you guys go find a boxing ring or something?

No, I don’t care who started it.


> On 3 Jun 2022, at 00:28, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com> wrote:
> In message <C916643D-39C6-4500-8785-867AEB2FFACC at delong.com>,
> Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
>>> On Jun 1, 2022, at 14:52 , Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com> wrote:
>>> So, just to be clear about this Owen, are you asserting that, contrary to
>>> the first-person testimony contained in the video, there are not now, and
>>> there have not been, within, say, the preceeding calendar year, back from today,
>>> any attempts to purchase "voting rights" from any member organization of
>>> AFRINIC, and that no member of AFRINIC has been either offered or given any
>>> kind of compensation, renumeration, inducement, or "investment" of any kind
>>> which has been conditioned upon the receiving member either changing its
>>> official vote(s) or giving over control of said vote(s) to any other party
>>> or parties?
>> I am not. I have no idea one way or the other whether that has occurred
>> or not.
> Well, it is not exactly a secret that you are or have been employed by a
> certain not-really-african shell company, inccorporated in the "offshore"
> jurisdiction of the Seychelles Islands, and which has been vigorously
> contesting, via any any and every means possible, AFRINIC's decision to
> revoke its IPv4 allocations, for cause, including but not limited to
> litigation.
> It is also not hard to intuit that the vote buying scheme described in the
> video likely traces back to that same company -- a company that would
> seem to have reason to want to engineer a "hostile takeover" of the
> AFRINIC Board of Directors, again via any and every means available.
> Given that you do now work for this company, or that you have worked for
> this company in the relatively recent past, I must ask if your claimed
> total ignorance of this underhanded scheme is a result of your natural
> lack of curiosity, or if your state of ongoing abject ignorance of these
> matters may perhaps be the result of your deliberate desire not to know.
> In either case, I would ask that you make appropriate inquiries with your
> paymaster and get back to us in order to let the ARIN community know if
> there is any shred of truth to the rather stunning claim that a coordinated
> scheme to buy the votes of AFRINIC member organizations has in fact been
> put into effect.
> No hurry.  We'll wait.
> Regards,
> rfg
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