Newly-Released FBI Text Messages Acknowledge Dennis Montgomery Spying Allegations

FORMER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR ALLEGED MASSIVE GOVERNMENT DATA COLLECTION; HIS ATTORNEY CLAIMS FBI “BURIED” PROBE

by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 28, 2018) — On Friday The Daily Caller published 49 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page between December 2016 and May of last year first said by the FBI to have been “lost” due to a system upgrade.

The DOJ’s inspector general was able to recover the messages as part of his investigation into allegations of political bias within the federal agency and its subsidiary, the FBI, during the 2016 presidential election.

Page and Strzok were both working on the Russia “collusion” investigation under Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III until the IG reportedly discovered politically-charged texts and relegated Strzok to the FBI’s Human Resources department.  Page, an FBI staff attorney, is believed to have worked closely with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe until he went on “terminal leave” in January.

McCabe was terminated from the agency in mid-March after the IG’s initial report said that he “lacked candor” in his responses under questioning for the IG’s investigation.

On May 9, 2017, the Trump administration fired FBI Director James Comey, who is now on a tour promoting his new book titled “A Higher Loyalty.”

Comey and Trump have accused each other of lying.  Comey has denied releasing classified information but is reportedly under investigation for the allegation.

In texts released months ago, Page and Strzok were noted to have discussed an “insurance policy” in the event that Donald Trump won the White House.

In addition to The Daily Caller’s website, the new texts are posted at Scribd.

Some text messages are incomplete and unclear as to the topic under discussion.  [Editor’s Note:  Some texts contain obscenities or partially-obscured obscenities.]

The name of a second recipient of the texts, other than Strzok and Page, is consistently redacted, as are many other names.

Toward the bottom of page 14, a message sent solely to an unidentified individual refers to documentation provided to the FBI by former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery through an arrangement made by his attorney, Larry Klayman.  The documentation reportedly showed that beginning sometime before 2010, government agencies were collecting, without a warrant, massive amounts of data on Americans without their knowledge and included more than 150 federal judges; Donald Trump and some of his employees and family members; other prominent businessmen and media personalities, and Klayman himself.

The text message says that “The Klayman/Montgomery stuff in the email Jim just sent is utter **.  Best to say nothing and brief later if necessary.”

Last June, Montgomery’s alleged compilation of “600 million pages” of data on 47 hard drives was reported by investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, then of Circa News, along with her interview of Montgomery.  Her report began:

A former U.S. intelligence contractor tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden’s now infamous breach.

And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties.

In late 2015, Montgomery was reportedly given two immunity agreements from the DOJ after testifying to two FBI agents for hours about the documentation he provided to them.

On the same day Carter’s report was issued, June 6, 2017, Klayman sued the FBI and its former director, James Comey, for the agency’s allegedly having “buried an investigation” into Montgomery’s claims.  A press release from Klayman dated June 20, 2017 announced that he asked the court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the case and reads, in part:

Today, Larry Klayman, the founder of both Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, and a former federal prosecutor, announced that he and his client whistleblower Dennis Montgomery have moved for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against former FBI Director James Comey, the FBI itself, and the NSA and CIA, among other defendants. The underlying lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Freedom Watch is styled Montgomery and Klayman v. Comey et. al, Civil Action Number 1:17-cv-01074 (RJL).

The case involves allegations that James Comey, in concert with the other defendants, buried an FBI investigation, caused by whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, a former NSA/CIA contractor, into mass illegal surveillance on not just President Trump, but the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, and even Klayman. Montgomery came forward to Comey years ago with 47 hard drives containing classified information, under grant of immunity, and even was interviewed under oath by FBI agents Walter Giardina and William Barnett. Despite this, the complaint and the motion alleges that Comey buried the investigation and thus obstructed justice, since as recently alleged and revealed by Circa News and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the FBI was engaged in this illegal and unconstitutional surveillance under Comey, allegedly along with the intelligence agencies.

The civil complaint also names former CIA Directors Mike Pompeo and John Brennan, Barack Obama, current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates, and other current and former government officials as defendants.  Klayman does not appear to have posted an update since the June 20, 2017 press release.

In the email mentioning Montgomery and Klayman, it is unclear if “Jim” refers to former FBI chief of staff James Rybicki, to Comey, or to someone else.  Rybicki was retained in his role by the new FBI director, Christopher Wray, but reportedly resigned in January in what was said to be a planned career move.

“Rybicki” is mentioned specifically at the top of page 16 of the texts, but it is unclear to which “email” of Rybicki’s the sender was referencing.

6 Responses to "Newly-Released FBI Text Messages Acknowledge Dennis Montgomery Spying Allegations"

  1. Bob68   Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    If the evidence turned over to the FBI of massive spying on America citizens had been “BS”, as stated in the text message from the article above, I believe the FBI would have said so, and this would have been all over the main stream media with headlines like, “Right wing lawyer Larry Klayman and his client Dennis Montgomery, (also affiliated with “birther” Sheriff Joe Arpaio), turned over 47 hard drives of claimed FBI and NSA spying on millions of America citizens. All the “evidence” turned out to be to totally fake…..pure BS”. Instead of that headline, the FBI said nothing and sat on the information for over 2.5 years….and when Klayman and Montgomery asked that it be returned to them…….the FBI refused. I think this evidence put fear in the FBI which was one of the reasons for manipulating a Special Council to investigate Donald Trump, and the Special Council just happen to be…….Mueller, put in place by……Comey.

  2. Oscar Piper   Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    On April 11, 2018, Klayman filed a notice of appeal of Judge Leon’s decision in Montgomery v. Comey

    “USCA Case Number 18-5097 for 49 Notice of Appeal to DC Circuit Court, filed by LARRY KLAYMAN. (zrdj)”

    Klayman needs to file a FOIA request and get a copy of the “Jim” e-mail referred to in the March, 2017 text message. This was before Montgomery filed the original complaint and may be instrumental in the appeal.

    The Plot Thickens

  3. Oscar Piper   Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    From the decision in the Montgomery v. Risen case is this passage:

    Letter from James A. Baker, Gen. Counsel, FBI, to Larry Klayman (Sept. 8, 2015), ECF No. 126. Mr. Baker also wrote that the government “resolved to treat the materials under review as presumptively classified for security purposes,” and “neither agreed to undertake, nor understood any obligation to conduct, a classification review of any of these materials for the purpose of any civil litigation.”

    So the Jim in the text could be James Baker who was General Counsel for the FBI.

    The Plot Thickens

  4. Oscar Piper   Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    “In the email mentioning Montgomery and Klayman, it is unclear if “Jim” refers to former FBI chief of staff James Rybicki, to Comey, or to someone else. ”

    James baker accepted the hard drives from Klayman and Monty.

    The Plot Thickens

  5. Ed Sunderland   Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Sara Carter is now a regular with Sean Hannity I understand, so is she so under the influence of Fox news she can’t mention the Montgomery information? This is an example of why I carry nothing but disdain for these frauds on the news and government. The FBI said the Montgomery info is BS?, of course because we know more about it than they do. The FBI is corrupt and I am sorry if there are any good guys at the FBI I see no use for them.

    They still say no one was killed at Sandy Hook that multi million dollar fairytale aimed by FEMA at the second amendment fully supported by the FBI? And there are no FBI agents there that will tell the truth? Speak under anonymity to the Justice Department what there is of one? Congress?

    I keep hearing it isn’t the rank and file FBI agent and I say it is if they all lie to the people that they are supposed to serve but that is where the relationship changes. They do not feel as if they are servants, they feel they are masters and we are slaves. In their view government commands and they expect us to obey. This is not going to end well with that attitude. This is what we dealt with during the revolutionary war.

  6. Bob68   Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Quote from the article:
    A text message says, “The Klayman/Montgomery stuff in the email Jim just sent is utter **. Best to say nothing and brief later if necessary.”
    Considering the people mentioning this, I’d consider it a validation of the allegations by Dennis Montgomey and Larry Klayman. I connect this with one of the BIG reasons why Comey leaked information from his Trump meetings, knowing he could get a Special Council, (Mueller), appointed to investigate Trump. Both Comey and Mueller were FBI directors during the time this spying reporedly took place and getting Mueller as Special Council to remove Trump from office, (they hope), would protect both Mueller and Comey, (and others), from their part in what might be the biggest spying scandal in history.

    It would be good to talk to Mike Zullo about this again.

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