by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 28, 2022) — The website for the Missouri courts shows a lawsuit filed on behalf of four plaintiffs in early January against individuals “Brannon Howse,” “Mary Fanning,” and “Alan Jones” in a civil matter to be adjudicated in St. Louis in May.
The plaintiffs are The Gateway Pundit, formally known as “TGP Communications LLC” and owned and operated by Jim Hoft; his brother, Joe Hoft; intelligence specialist Yaacov Apelbaum and his company, XRVision.
Joe Hoft is a contributor to TGP.
On January 3, 2021, Fanning and Jones claimed to have evidence proving that the 2020 presidential election was targeted by a “cyberwarfare” attack primarily from China which altered the results from a Trump victory to one for Democrat Joe Biden. Their purported information was sourced to former government subcontractor Dennis Montgomery, about whom Fanning and Jones had written since March 17, 2017 in an ever-evolving narrative commencing with alleged government surveillance and malfeasance.
Initially, Fanning and Jones claimed, the U.S. government conducted surveillance of potential foreign threats utilizing “The Hammer,” a government super-computer allegedly constructed by Montgomery in 2003. Later, they wrote, former Obama intelligence officials John Brennan and James Clapper “commandeered” The Hammer “against Americans” by using it to collect their personal information for purposes of “blackmail and leverage.”
The Hammer “spied” on Donald Trump, members of his family and employees; federal judges, including members of the U.S. Supreme Court; media personalities such as Alex Jones; prominent businessmen; and others, Fanning and Jones alleged.
In a shift in narrative, on October 31, 2020 they claimed, without presenting any evidence, that software dubbed “Scorecard,” also allegedly designed by Montgomery, was paired by bad government actors with “The Hammer” to alter Americans’ votes from Trump to Biden in eight key states.
On January 3, 2021, another variation of the “Hammer” tale emerged, claiming that foreign countries, primarily China, conducted a “cyberwarefare” attack on the election which resulted in millions of altered votes from Trump to Biden. Within days, Worldview Weekend TV host Brannon Howse hosted the duo on his show to air their stunning claims, sourced to Montgomery. Subsequently, Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (Ret), former NSA program specialist J. Kirk Wiebe, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell joined Fanning and Jones to promote the claims as an explanation for the reason Trump did not win a second consecutive term.
Howse, Fanning and Jones became recipients of Lindell’s advertising dollars as well as producers of his “Absolute” video series launched February 5, 2021 which ultimately claimed that the “proof” Fanning provided would convince the U.S. Supreme Court to “pull down” the results of the election.
Having promised to file a lawsuit with the high court by August, then November, Lindell has apparently not yet found a state attorney general who has agreed to be a plaintiff in order to move forward.
The American Report articles came with a large number of supporting data sets and animated charts (the same material was also used in Mike Lindell’s movie “Absolute Proof”) that purports to show the details of these 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 real 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 over. It didn’t take long to reach the conclusion that the Montgomery data referenced in the two articles and in Lindell’s movie is a crude fabrication and is a forgery.
In 2010, Playboy Magazine published an expose on Montgomery titled, “The Man Who Conned the Pentagon” based on Montgomery’s time as a subcontractor to the Department of Defense. “For several months starting in the fall of 2003, Montgomery’s analysis led directly to national code orange security alerts and cancelled flights,” said NPR’s Guy Raz to author Aram Roston on a December 19, 2009 broadcast in a preview of the article. “The only problem: he was making it all up. And you and me, the taxpayers, well, we paid for it.”
In a February 14, 2021 article, Fanning and Jones raised the question as to why TGP, Apelbaum and a TGP associate, former CIA officer Larry C. Johnson, would doubt Montgomery’s credentials as expressed in an article at TGP to which Fanning and Jones did not provide a link. “It is not clear why former CIA officer Larry Johnson, Yaacov Apelbaum of Singapore’s XRVision, and The Gateway Pundit are up to when they deny an obvious truth, that Montgomery is the real deal,” Fanning and Jones wrote. “Or, perhaps, considering the CIA’s involvement, it is perfectly clear.”
Whether or not that particular American Report article served as the catalyst for the lawsuit filed last month is unknown since the documents are not publicly available.
Fanning and Jones have issued false statements about former Obama birth-certificate investigator Mike Zullo in their book, “The Hammer is the Key to the Coup,” published in 2020. They have additionally referred to Zullo and this writer as “pathetic liars.”
Last week, former New Mexico State University associate law professor David Clements reported on his Telegram channel that Fanning and her husband, Gregg Kirchhoefer, of the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis threatened him with a lawsuit for reposting statements made by another attorney, Lin Wood, raising questions about Fanning’s background. Clements responded to the alleged threat with, “I know defamation law. I’m a subject matter expert. I’ve personally handled defamation cases, including the frivolous ones. Taught it at university. To threaten someone that is a defamation expert, that can represent himself, loves trial, and has probably done more trials than anyone at Kirkland Ellis is not wise.”
Clements’s initial post was sourced to high-profile trial attorney Lin Wood, who had written on his Telegram channel:
Mary Fanning is running out of FOOLS TO FOOL. Her game is up. You decide.
Citing former CIA officer Kevin Shipp, Wood continued:
… in his professional opinion, “Mary Fanning” (not her true name) Mary Fanning Kirchhoefer married to Gregg Kirchhoefer Kirkland & Ellis may have committed a serious security breach in the CIA, possibly involving classified computer networks. Rather than prosecuting her for breach of CIA security, the FBI may have turned “Fanning” as an informant.” [sic]
While the state of Missouri does not allow the general public to see briefs, motions and other documents associated with filed cases, as it stated in an email reply to this writer, it permits certain information such as the assigned jurist, case type place of adjudication and timeline of events are available.