by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 15, 2021) — Statements made at The American Report on February 14 against several individuals stemming from issues surrounding former government subcontractor Dennis L. Montgomery are refuted by two of the accused with documentary evidence.
Beginning on October 31, 2020, The American Report claimed that, according to Montgomery, the outcome of the November 3 presidential election was at that time under siege and would be altered by electronic interference on the part of a mega-computer Montgomery allegedly “built,” “The Hammer,” and software he allegedly designed, “Scorecard,” while he was working with the government.
Since March 17, 2017, writers Mary Fanning and Alan Jones have reported Montgomery’s claims that “The Hammer” was initially used to conduct foreign surveillance “to keep America safe” in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks but that Obama-era officials in the persons of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan redirected it “against American citizens.”
The claim as to election interference to explain Donald Trump’s reported loss to Democratic challenger Joe Biden gained wide notoriety and reportage on the Internet as well as on One America News Network (OANN), with Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (Ret) as the network’s source on the matter.
Last week, The Post & Email released a two-part investigative exposé on Montgomery’s many unsubstantiated claims made over the years in connection with his alleged government subcontracting work begun in the early 2000s while he was an officer at eTreppid Technologies, LLC in Reno, NV. Our research is grounded in court transcripts, interviews of an eyewitness who worked directly with Montgomery for over a year, and Montgomery’s own audio-recorded statements voluntarily made in 2013 to that same eyewitness and a sworn detective, both of whom represented the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) at the time.
In Part 1 of our investigative report, we released audio clips provided by Mike Zullo, the eyewitness whose assignment it was to oversee Montgomery’s supplying of alleged evidence of government surveillance in Maricopa County to then-Sheriff Arpaio, who remunerated Montgomery at $10,000 monthly for a year.
After three former NSA officials — J. Kirk Wiebe, Thomas Drake and William Binney — examined the data Montgomery provided on 47 hard drives and determined it to be evidence of nothing more than a “con,” the investigation concluded along with Montgomery’s compensation.
The audio clips contain Montgomery’s voluntary statements to Zullo and Det. Brian Mackiewicz in late 2013 indicating he played no role in constructing “The Hammer,” which at that time he claimed had breached the bank accounts of more than 150,000 Maricopa County residents, prompting Arpaio to open the investigation.
In 2016 Montgomery would claim Zullo threatened him in a text message, prompting an MCSO internal investigation which yielded nothing. Since 2017, Fanning and Jones have failed to identify Zullo as the original source of their information on The Hammer and its alleged surveillance of citizens and more recently have targeted him with a defamation campaign. In their book, “The Hammer is the Key to the Coup” released last August, the authors claim Zullo altered Montgomery’s evidence prior to delivering it to Wiebe, Drake and Binney for analysis. In Sunday’s article, they label Zullo “an attack dog” who a former attorney for Montgomery, Michael J. Flynn, allegedly told them is untrustworthy.
However, Zullo told The Post & Email on Sunday that in a phone conversation with Flynn several years ago, Flynn described Montgomery as “a con man,” as was reported in 2011 by The New York Times.
Fanning and Jones do not reveal that Flynn filed a “retaining lien” against Montgomery for unpaid fees totaling more than $635,000 nor that Montgomery is currently under indictment on six felony counts in Clark County, NV.
In their latest piece, Fanning and Jones do not initially provide links to the articles they reference, but rather, quote from their own reportage, whose sole source on “The Hammer” has been Montgomery. Thus far, Montgomery has provided no forensic evidence or individuals with credentials who can corroborate his many claims.
Fanning and Jones have consistently ignored Montgomery’s numerous allegations against individuals which have not been borne out by evidence and investigation, including that of a sitting governor. As The Post & Email has reported for many months, Montgomery has exhibited a tendency to retaliate against those who he views as having questioned his credibility.
In early January, Fanning and Jones abruptly altered course from their “Hammer” narrative and began claiming they possessed evidence of a myriad of foreign bad actors infiltrating U.S. election systems in various counties. The “evidence” they presented is a lengthy display of what appear to be spreadsheets with numerous columns of data indicating the originating and target IP addresses of the alleged breaches from foreign countries which allegedly resulted in significant vote alterations.
While pointing to individuals critical of The American Report‘s “Hammer and Scorecard” narrative and more recent claims of extensive foreign interference in the election, Fanning and Jones do not specifically reference the articles they attempt to refute. One such individual is former CIA officer Larry C. Johnson, who on February 8 published an article at The Gateway Pundit urging caution regarding Montgomery’s claims of election-meddling.
On March 17, 2017, Fanning and Jones cited an interview Johnson gave to RT regarding then-President Trump’s claim the Obama regime had wiretapped his 2016 campaign in which Johnson indicated his belief that the undermining of Trump’s campaign and presidency by political opponents, some of whom resided in the U.S. intelligence community, could eventually result in criminal charges for “sedition.”
In his February 8 column, Johnson indicated his awareness of Fanning and Jones’s claims about “The Hammer” and the part they played in MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s two-hour “documentary,” “Absolute Proof” released February 5.
Johnson’s introductory paragraphs read:
If you have been led to believe that Hammer and Scorecard were used to steal the election for Joe Biden, I regret to inform you that claim is suspect. This does not mean I am siding with RINOS like Romney and Barr, who deny that there was any fraud. That too is false. Donald Trump was robbed, he did not lose the election.
So far, there is significant circumstantial evidence of unusual amounts of internet traffic between foreign locations and the United States. But we do not have any tangible, verifiable evidence showing votes being switched via a command or intervention from a foreign server. Investigations continue to ferret out what happened and these efforts may produce such proof. What we do know with certainty is that there were unusually large numbers of adjudicated ballots in a few key counties, that there was ballot stuffing, that counterfeit ballots were counted and that the Dominion voting machines in Antrim County, Michigan failed to accurately record the actual number of votes for Donald Trump.
This brings me to the Mary Fanning segment in the Michael Lindell produced video, ABSOLUTE PROOF. Mary Fanning claims to have evidence that foreign servers, including locations in China and Iran, were changing vote totals in specific counties. Unfortunately, she has not published any of this alleged evidence. You just have to trust her. But I dug into the information she is relying on and learned that her source is Dennis Montgomery.
Johnson presented a screenshot of the data Fanning discussed in the video, which begins at the one-hour, 36-minute mark.
Johnson then quoted from Montgomery’s Wikipedia entry and another source containing a link to an article published by Playboy in January 2010 titled, “The Man Who Conned the Pentagon” by Aram Roston. At the time of this writing, the article was not available at that link:
However, it can be accessed here: https://archive.vn/DoFF5
In late 2009, Roston provided an interview to “Democracy Now” on his then-upcoming article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxVbdWL5JY4
Johnson went on to say that the evidence Montgomery has claimed to have on illegal government surveillance of American citizens, which The Post & Email has reported date back to 2013 with the MCSO, had already been released by Edward Snowden earlier that year. Johnson quoted from Snowden’s autobiography, “Permanent Record,” in which Snowden wrote of an NSA program known as XKEYSCORE which he said is “used to search ‘nearly everything a user does on the Internet.'”
The Amazon introduction to the book reads:
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.
Johnson then poses questions about the data Fanning presents in “Absolute Proof” such as, “How was it collected?” and “Why are the Date/Time groups not in chronological order?”
In concluding his article, Johnson wrote, “The key to beating the lie that there was no election fraud is evidence–documentary, electronic and eye witness. The fact that Dennis Montgomery, according to Mary Fanning, is at the heart of this worries me.”
Joe Hoft, the twin brother of The Gateway Pundit owner/editor Jim Hoft, is now also a focus of Fanning and Jones, who allege that both he and Johnson are attempting to “put out this information about CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery and to bury the story about Barack Obama’s intelligence chiefs John Brennan and James Klapper illegally commandeered THE HAMMER to spy on Donald try and millions of other innocent Americans.”
Approximately three-quarters of the way through Fanning and Jones’s post, they provide a link to Johnson’s article while referencing a software “technologist,” Yaacov Apelbaum, who Jim Hoft consulted after Johnson’s article was published. Apelbaum, whose LinkedIn profile states he is based in New York City and founded XRVision, provided an analysis on his own blog of Montgomery’s proffered information and Fanning’s claims which reads, in part:
The American Report articles came with a large number of supporting data sets and charts that purports to show the details of these massive cyber attacks. The data includes source and target IP and MAC addresses, the method of infiltration, and the vote count changes to several voting systems. All in all, it seems like a smoking gun and the stuff that cyber unicorn dreams are made of.
I wasn’t aware of this claim until a friend asked me to look it all over but it didn’t take long to reach the conclusion that the Montgomery data referenced in the two articles is a crude fabrication…
A superficial evaluation of Montgomery’s data shows that it’s laced with a large number of errors and anomalies.
Apelbaum provides eight examples of the “errors and anomalies” he found, then states:
As for the source behind this highly secretive information, according to Fanning, it came from Dennis Montgomery, a certified lifelong con man with what appears to be multiple high visibility scams to his credit. As Ecclesiastes 1:9 observes, there is nothing new under the sun and it turns out that Montgomery’s latest con is almost identical to several other projects he pulled off over the years on targets such as the DoD, CIA, various LEAs, and the DOJ.
In an apparent response, Fanning and Jones linked to an article at OneZero, quoting a single paragraph about XRVision’s alleged connection to identifying, by facil recognition, certain Antifa members as participants in the January 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol.:
XRVision’s claims are implausible and nearly impossible to verify, as the company does not seem to have any relationship to the facial recognition industry or academia. Unlike many other companies operating in the space, it has not published research publicly, it has not seemed to appear at recent academic conferences, it does not appear to have public federal government contracts, and it does not list any information about clients or its technology online.
However, OneZero’s article containsan update without revealing that the company refuted, with the threat of legal action, an article in The Washington Times reporting that XRVision claimed it had identified certain Antifa members, through facial recognition, as having participated in the January 6 intrusion of the U.S. Capitol. While The Hill reported that The Times removed the article, The Post & Email was able to locate it, with a posted correction, as of press time.
Contradicting The American Report‘s claim that XRVision is located in Singapore, The Times wrote, “XRVision, a software firm in New York, used its image analysis to help law enforcement identify rioters.”
On Sunday The Post & Email spoke twice by phone with Johnson, who refuted Fanning’s assertions and provided a lengthy text exchange he had with Montgomery on the morning of November 16, 2020. Quoting from the February 14 American Report article beginning, “Following a particularly odd phone conversation with one of these reporters during which ex-CIA analyst Larry Johnson lost his cool and began screaming, Dennis Montgomery phoned Johnson to offer clarity to the confused and seemingly upset former CIA agent” and ending with, “That is when Johnson demurred and hung up the phone,” Johnson responded:
This alleged conversation with Montgomery never happened. I did speak with Mary Fanning and told her that Dennis was a liar and a fabricator. She called me on the morning of November 16, 2020 to try to convince me that Dennis Montgomery was telling the truth about HAMMER. She learned from Kirk Wiebe that I was raising doubts about Dennis and his claims regarding HAMMER and SCORECARD.
I did not speak via phone to Dennis, but he did start texting me. Here is the full transcript of our text exchange. Once again, Dennis Montgomery is a shameless fabricator:
A topic of the conversation with Fanning, Johnson said, was a November 8, 2020 article in The Daily Beast recounting Montgomery’s past. In reporting the embracing by some on the political right of Montgomery’s election-related “Hammer and “Scorecard” claims, Beast writer Will Sommer wrote, “Montgomery has a long history of making outlandish claims that fail to come true. As an intelligence contractor at the height of the War on Terror, Montgomery was behind what’s been called ‘one of the most elaborate and dangerous hoaxes in American history,’ churning out allegedly fictitious data that once prompted the Bush administration to consider shooting down airplanes.”
What follows is the November 16, 2020 text exchange The Post & Email received from Johnson with the date stamp, “16 NOVEMBER 2020, 11:51 AM.” We have deleted one name to avoid the possibility of legal repercussions. Strong language has been left intact as received.
I really don’t understand why u continue to call me a liar and fraud?
I have thousands of emails and documents and so does FBI they go prove I am right.
Amazing that you know have access to SAP programs?
Please stop defaming me. I have done nothing to harm you but you seem intent on harming me only making my fragile health condition worse.
I am not defaming you in any way. I wish you good health
When tell others about bogus digital info in analog tapes and u meeting with my CIA handlers or talk to them about a SAP program u concern me.
I am u set a lifetime gag order and the state secrets privilege and do are they?
Which CIA handlers I worked with are you communicating with?
Let’s get them on phone?!
Very eager to see you produce the info you claim to have. That will clarify everything and save the Republic.
They were read in and read out and signed same documents I did.
I could have went to Russia and dumped classified docs. On internet, but didn’t. I am American that loves this country. and will do whatever to protect t it.
Why did I get immunity then?? Why did they give to me if I didn’t have anything of value?
Good. When can we expect to see the info you have?
Which CIA officials are you talking to about me and discussing SAP programs?
What is the issue about sharing that info?
Tired of having arrows shit at me by invisible people.
I spent 40 years programming and there are a few that want to destroy my lifetime work. I have had enough.
SCORECARD uses a prismatic scoring algorithm that Montgomery created, to achieve the desired results by those that control THE HAMMER and SCORECARD.
So, you’re responsible for the software that was used to steal this election?
Who are u talking to at CIA about me? Why not share info with me?
I sure hope you’ve contacted the President’s attorneys and provided a sworn affidavit and provided a sample of the code. Did Dominion every pay you for it?
You told others I talked to My CIA handlers about my work and they called me a fraud. Why not share with me??
Are you going to file a defamation case against Will Sommer at the Daily Beast? He certainly states very clearly that you are a hoaxster.
Licensed various medical technologies to American Hospital, Baxter Healthcare, Dupont, Corning, Perkin Elmer, the Henley Group, Fisher Scientific, Instrumentation Labs, Kaiser, Siemens, Kodak, among others.
But according to reports and former employees, Montgomery’s supposed technology was all a hoax. One employee quoted in the Playboy report claimed Montgomery had ordered him to fake a test for U.S. military officials, tricking the officials into believing Montgomery’s software could detect weapons in drone footage.
Designed and built programs for GE, Intel, Technicolor, MGM, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and including various Wall Street companies for algorithmic trading and stock predictions.
Not one of those clients ever claimed a problem.
U mean the person that the judge ask to come into court and under oath refused and took fifth?
U people take snippets out o one line and use that when the judge destroyed that and the fbi ruling.
Why are you not reporting that?
If I was you I would not wait one more moment in sending a cease and desist letter to the Daily Beast. Why are you wasting your time and energy with me? I’m not writing anything about you and I’m not saying anything in a public forum about you. Very strange behavior. You obsess about my conversations but are doing nothing about the Daily Beast.
Are u also saying no Hammer, drives I gave FBI were blank, didn’t work at ft. Washington etc. one of those guys?
I have thousands of emails that would dispute all of that crap.
U know the cost of litigation.
Help me find a. Attorney and I will.
I’m sure you do. But why are you wasting your time with me? The Daily Beast just published a widely read/distributed piece and you’re fuming at me? That’s crazy.
XXXXXXXXXXX and his friends are making living off claiming the fbi property receipts are fake and I am tired of these lies! That why.
In the meantime the Blackwater defendants are rotting in jail and u less Trump pardons them they might die there.
Well, I think XXXXXXXXXX is a gross exaggerator as well. He worked at CIA but he was not the Top Secret operator he claims.
The fact I couldn’t get help to free them is crazy when there wasn’t one drone via there were two!
I got a letter from DOJ week before election holding me to a 16 year old gag order.
that is insane.
XXXXXXXXXX also claims he does exorcism
The us gov reminded me that if I try to defend myself against defamation they will have issue.
Can I see a copy?
I will ask my attorney. Bern working on Bivens case.
Wait, why isn’t your attorney filing suit against the Daily Beast?
Do you have an attorney or not?
If you have the letter you can send a copy. Real simple. Prove it.
That’s not an attorney client work product.
I Knew u were going to ask that.
Yes but I don’t have the $$ to fight a defamation case
And a Bivens case at same time.
What is a “Bivens” case?
The judge in NV ruled the fbi filed false affidavits and got caught red handed tampering with evidence. Montgomery did nothing wrong and fbi violated his constitutional rights. Why are you not report that? The US attorney in NV was fired 8 days later.
While will you not share who at CIA is spreading lies about me in SAP program I worked in with them?
You claim they showed you the proof. Than share with me do I can confront them.
So share with me so I can confront them.
U want stuff from me so share with me stuff too?
You claim you have a letter. This is your M.O. You always claim to have something and then find excuses to not produce it.
Just like that clown that made comment about me; when judge asked him to court and under set oath swear to it he wouldn’t and said he would take fifth.
Just like others I produce but others don’t.
Wr started off talking about you talking to CIA officials involved in my SAP work and they showed you proof; who are they and what did they sow you?
Let’s get them on phone
If CIA officials claim I am a fraud and my work was a fraud; and they showed you top secret work let’s get them on phone.
The letter came from AUSA in Reno Nevada; call greg addington and talk to him he wrote letter.
There is contact info.
Ok now who did you talk with at CIA headquarters about my SAP work so I can contact them.
Greg Addington also was the one who made po and sap against me in court documents.
sorry po and ssp against me and is one holding me to it.
After 4 strokes lucky to be alive any two I had kill 98% in first 24 hours or end up in coma forever.
There are no good strokes all bad.
I gave you the contact info so you our one of you contacts can reach out to him. He can’t deny.
Now help me out with your CIA contacts so I can confront them? They talk trash about me and you are spreading it with malice.
I am asking to be able to confront these lies about me.
Please give me that chance?
Dennis, I know you had a CIA contract and that you held TS clearances in association with the project you were working on. Give me the name of your COTR who will vouch for you. He does not have to reveal anything classified just to say, “Yes, Dennis is the real deal and an incredible national security asset.”
What does this mean?
U are obviously talking to my CIA handlers give me a chance to confront them? What is big issue?
U told others they showed u proof I was a fraud and my work in SAP program then let me talk to them?
I know who I talked to. But you indicate that there is someone at CIA who will tell the truth about you. Great. Give me their name and I’ll track them down.
Ok great who is that. I have no idea what proof he showed you and want to make sure it was my work?
I am surprised a CIA agent who was read into a SAP program would talk about work since those are lifetime orders but maybe they found a way around the State Secrets Privilege and I would love to get around it to.
That would be huge for me if I can show the CIA is ignoring those orders too.
Than I would be free of those orders. Help me.
First, there is no such thing as a “CIA AGENT.” The Blue Badgers are called CIA OFFICERS. Second, I am read into multiple SAP programs and know what can and cannot be discussed.
You tight officers
So you were read into this program too? That would be great for me. I want to speak publicly this would be my best way to make my case to DOJ.
You are right CIA officers I was wrong.
No easy to do this with my injury.
When you get basic, simple details wrong it makes me wonder how you can be trusted on big stuff.
You obvious don’t want to help me despite the fact I have been honest with you but must walk a tightrope with those court orders on me.
U mean officer versus agent?
That is the basis for your doubt?
Look what I have bern through for 16 years. I have been writing computer programs for 40 years. I gave u the name of other clients I worked for u get contract that a huge companies.
No. That is not the basis for my doubt. It is just one more piece of evidence that you do a good job of talking about things but, when it comes to being precise and technical, you get sloppy.
Have a nice day and be well.
Give me an example like that clown who got busted by the court that u made reference to.
I had 4 stroke and a brain aneurysm. Give me a break I am lucky to be able to talk and write.
Or are you one of those guys that claims that is a lie too?
I wish you good health and a speedy recovery. I have nothing further to add to this exchange.
Stop spreading lies about me with malice. If you are talking to my ex CIA handlers about my SAP programs you and they are branding the law and u know it.
Everything e I confront people with facts they run away.
I’m not spreading lies about you.
When you make claims about my CIA work and those who I worked with who are claiming the same you are.
I am not looking for a fight with anyone just trying to get through life with this serious injury.
CIA terminated your contract. They did not renew it. That’s not a lie.
Another lie by your friends
Please provide me the name of the CIA official that is spreading that crap.
I have had enough of this. I hoped to set record straight but impossible with people that don’t want to hear truth and just want to harm me with malice knowing my fragile state.
I don’t need another brain aneurysm to burst I die within minutes and this conversation does nothing more than weaken that aneurysm . Maybe that is the intent of you and your secret friends at CIA.
U make baseless allegations and expect me to break the law to defend myself.
I have had e Pugh if you and. Your CIA friends lies.
I have had enough of you and your CIA friends lies. You talk to them about SAP programs which I k os they can’t do.
Dennis. Calm down. You’ve wasted more than an hour on this crazy shit. I’m a nobody and I’ve not written or said anything in public. If a person calls me up and asks me my opinion I will tell them exactly what I think.
I have had enough of you and your CIA friends lies. You talk to them about SAP programs which I know they can’t do.
You are so full of sh*t. You can bamboozle others with that line of bullshit but not me. Please f***k off.
Yes but when you claim they showed you proof of my work in a SAP program it bothers me cause.
You are the only claiming lies out there no me.
You dummy. You showed me one of your contracts. Jesus!!
and there were others.
That one was only confidential others were classified.
Leave it at that. I don’t need swearing at me.
Life too short.
Fine. Stop sending me texts.
Than stop spreading lies about me with malice.
I don’t need anymore enemies.
I only say what I believe to be true. You are a talented grifter and, according to multiple published sources, a degenerate gambler. A dangerous combination in my opinion.
Then way did I have to give 12 years of every tax return check credit card receipt expense to the FBI before my deposition under oath videotaped at fbi headquarters. Live to see u do that.
Another example of lies and misinformation you are spreading to others about me. U have a way of turning your opinion into information on the street.
U didn’t even ask about Blackwater defendants who will better get a pardon from trump.
U didn’t even ask about Blackwater defendants who
better get a pardon from trump.
Amazing a second drone video out there and people would rather let the die in prison.
than get it into right hands.
Easy to call a person a name to destroy their reputation of 40 years exactly what you are doing on the street to me now!
You k it if my health issues and you continue to write and spread lies about me with malice.
Yet I have no said a word about you.
Just another misinformed mouthpiece.
I have not written a damn thing about you. Once again, you can’t get your facts straight. I have said nothing in public about you. One person called this morning and asked what I thought. It is a free goddamn country and I can tell a person what I think. So, f*** off.
Fanning and Jones claim the information they presented in “Absolute Proof” is of a “forensic” nature but provide no expert analysis or explanation.
Fanning and Jones conclude their article by asserting that “Montgomery and his work is a ‘known known’ and has been confirmed by multiple cybersecurity experts, former NSA officials, multiple federal judges, the former general counsel of the FBI, and former U.S. military intelligence officials” who remain unnamed. They question why Johnson, Apelbaum and The Gateway Pundit would “deny an obvious truth, that Montgomery is the real deal.”