by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 6, 2022) — [Author’s Note: The following began as a news article but soon took the shape and scope of a research project, hence its length and breadth. The catalysts were the recent “Moment of Truth Summit” hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell as well as our knowledge of a number of parties’ attempts to caution Lindell against his apparent blind trust in a single source with a long history of unproven claims. However, we have been amassing documents, interviews and other relevant materials since 2015, when a project on which Montgomery was working attracted the interest of the judge in a federal civil-rights case.]
In a summary of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s “The Moment of Truth Summit” held August 20 and 21 in Missouri, the following day broadcaster Brannon Howse interviewed The American Report‘s Mary Fanning, who early last year reportedly supplied Lindell with electronic data captured as the November 3, 2020 presidential election unfolded and allegedly demonstrated that a “cyberwarfare attack” from China was responsible for altering the results of the presidential race.
The 90-minute broadcast can be viewed here; the entire summit can be viewed in its many segments here.
In addition to his work for Lindell, Howse hosts his own show at Worldview Weekend, where he has interviewed Fanning, Lindell and many others over a number of years.
According to Fanning and Lindell, the election data consists of “PCAPS,” or packet data, collected in real time by former U.S. government subcontractor Dennis Montgomery.
Fanning and co-writer Alan Jones launched the “China” narrative on January 3, 2021 after promoting a different explanation for the election result in an October 31, 2020 article claiming that hardware and software Montgomery allegedly built while in government service, “The Hammer” and “Scorecard,” respectively, were turned on the election by bad government actors to change votes in eight states.
Lindell, for his part, has also promoted alternative theories as to how the election was supposedly commandeered and in his recent summit focused on reported deficiencies in electronic voting machines.
On February 5, 2021 Lindell, with Fanning, Jones and Howse named as producers, released the first in a video series, “Absolute Proof,” in which Fanning, present by voice only, advanced the China narrative as pages and pages of columnar data were scrolled over the screen. The data, Fanning asserted, represented the targets, places, times, perpetrators and other details of China’s “cyberwarfare” operation.
Twenty months after Fanning first published Montgomery’s claim to have captured the “PCAPS” from the election, there remains no independent corroboration of it other than Fanning’s allegation that a number of unnamed “cybersecurity experts verified that a Chinese-led foreign cyberwarfare attack targeted the 2020 U.S. election.”
“The Moment of Truth” featured speakers from military, political, judicial, legal, educational, inspirational, “cyber” and citizen-activism backgrounds. Guests included former Wisconsin Special Counsel and retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman; former 2020 Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA14); former Michigan state Sen. Patrick Colbeck; former New Mexico law professor David Clements, who with his wife conducted an audit of the 2020 election in Otero County while faced with considerable opposition from state officials and the media; and citizen activists from every state describing their efforts to improve the accuracy of local voter rolls and discover what, if any, vulnerabilities existed within their election systems.
On the evening of August 21 with only a short time remaining, Lindell abruptly changed course by launching into a soliloquy about his introduction to Montgomery early last year by Fanning. Decrying that Fanning had been “attacked” for her work, Lindell said he found both Fanning and Montgomery highly credible and offered a new explanation as to why he did not release the PCAPS at his Cyber Symposium in August 2021 as originally promised.
Hearkening back to that event and before, Lindell recounted that friends and acquaintances approached him cautioning about any information Montgomery might proffer because of Montgomery’s history of making claims he failed to support with evidence.
A timeline of Montgomery’s litigation history beginning in 1987 can be found here.
On January 9, 2021, Lindell related, in a phone call Howse introduced Fanning, who told him, in Lindell’s words, that Montgomery “had worked for the government, that was one of the smartest men that ever walked this planet that has developed stuff for the government, and he was able to see — to collect the whole 2020 election, and it was all done with machines.”
That information, Lindell said, “answered my question” about “non-residents voting” and “I knew people were genuinely good people.”
Lindell subsequently brought “four pieces of paper” to the White House, he said, referring to his much-publicized attempt in the final days of the Trump presidency to gain an audience with the president to share Fanning and Montgomery’s “evidence.” Some of the documents, including one allegedly referring to “martial law,” Lindell said he “never read” but was asked by outside attorneys to present to the president or his close advisers.
Whatever information the documents contained, no apparent action was taken by the White House, and, with a country sharply divided and suspicions high of widespread, systemic fraud having been responsible for the result, on January 20, 2021 Joe Biden took the oath of office.
Please watch for Part 2 of this series later this week.
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