by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 12, 2022) — A fundraising solicitation generated late last week by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell’s Frankspeech website sent to subscribers via email states that “Dennis Montgomery, the software engineer, and former government insider is the biggest whistleblower on election fraud” and that Lindell is “about to launch a website to host Montgomery’s critical findings!”

The announcement came nearly two weeks after Lindell hosted a two-day event, “The Moment of Truth Summit,” featuring dozens of guests speaking about the results of the 2020 presidential election, the efforts under way by average citizens to improve voting security in their respective states, and eliminating the use of voting machines, which Lindell has said he would like to see occur universally.

“Montgomery’s information will be the final nail in the coffin for THE PROOF that electronic voting machines are stealing your voice!,” Lindell wrote in the solicitation. “It’s so explosive that at The Moment of Truth Summit, my team filed a motion to intervene for the limited purpose of lifting the Protective Order on Montgomery’s information that has been suppressed by the Courts since 2006!  You deserve the Truth!”

On August 21, the second and final day of the summit, Lindell gave a soliloquy in which he unequivocally defended Montgomery’s reputation and bona fides. Lindell also claimed he “owns most of” the data Montgomery allegedly captured from the 2020 presidential election demonstrating that the election result was electronically shifted, via foreign interference, from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

That theory was first promoted by Mary Fanning and Alan Jones of The American Report on January 3, 2021, sourced solely to Montgomery.

Despite his alleged ownership of the “explosive” data, Lindell told the audience he is unable to release it because of Montgomery’s oft-repeated claim that a 15+-year-old government protective order and invocation of the State Secrets Privilege in civil litigation between Montgomery and his former business partner, Warren Trepp, prohibits it.

In the fundraising letter, however, Lindell states that the website he is about to launch “will expose the greatest theft in American history DONE THROUGH MACHINES. You will want to share this with everyone you know!

What Was Protected?

In 1998 Trepp and Montgomery formed a company, eTreppid Technologies, LLC (initially Intrepid) to develop video and audio compression technology for the gaming industry. After the 9/11 attacks, Montgomery was able to attract the interest of the U.S. Defense Department for use of the software in the War on Terror which ultimately yielded a $30 million no-bid contract to eTreppid.

In early 2006, Montgomery made a hasty and unexpected exit from eTreppid, claiming the source code and software inventions were his alone and filing suit against eTreppid, Trepp and the Defense Department. Trepp responded with his own lawsuit claiming Montgomery had committed theft against the company by taking classified information, hardware and source code used with sensitive government contracts.

As The Post & Email reported in Part 3, in response to then-Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Negroponte’s request for a protective order and State Secrets Privilege in the litigation between Montgomery and Trepp, the only information U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro ordered be precluded from disclosure was that associated with “any intelligence agency.”

“The computer source code, software, programs, or technical specifications relating to any technology owned or claimed by any of the Parties (‘the Technology’)” and “Any contract, relationship, agreement, connection, transaction, communication or meeting of any kind relating to the Technology,” unless covered by the SSP and protective order, could become public, Pro ruled on August 29, 2007 in Montgomery v. eTreppid Technologies.

At no time did eTreppid develop “election”-related software, hardware or source code, a claim Montgomery implied in a “Declaration” from which Olsen read on August 21. Item 41 in the Declaration reads:

Because DOJ has asserted that the eTreppid Litigation Protective Order ‘remains in place’ to ‘preclude disclosure of the categories of information and related materials described in the order,’ I believed when I owned eTreppid and Blxware, and continue to believe today, that DOJ asserts that the Protective Order applies to the FBI/CIA/NSA domestic surveillance data including Election Data, and that public disclosure of the Election Data would violate the Protective Order and the state secrets privilege.

Last month’s “Declaration” was not the first time Montgomery has relied on Negroponte’s requests or claims of “classified” information as a shield against releasing evidence he claimed to possess. During 2014, while working for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) as a confidential informant, Montgomery claimed a government super-computer, “The Hammer,” was turned on American citizens by rogue government actors who illegally sought to collect the personal data of millions of U.S. citizens, including Maricopa County residents, a claim Arpaio regarded at the time as worthy of an investigation and, if it proved accurate, referral to the FBI.

Claims Unsupported by Evidence

In November 2014, the “evidence” Montgomery saved on 47 hard drives and gave to the MCSO was analyzed by three former NSA specialists and determined to be nothing more than “evidence of an outright and fraudulent con perpetrated on the government for personal gain and cover.”

During his time with the MCSO totaling a year, Montgomery was paid $10,000/month, which a federal judge declared constituted “fraud.”

In 2009, upon a motion from his former attorney, Montgomery was referred by U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke to the U.S. Justice Department for “perjury,” which was not pursued after the case settled. Cooke also imposed monetary sanctions on Montgomery’s then-current attorneys which were reversed by Judge Pro the following year.

In 2017, Montgomery re-emerged at The American Report, making further claims to Fanning and Jones that “The Hammer,” which he then claimed he “designed and built” while working for the government, was hijacked by high-ranking government officials to gain “blackmail and leverage” over U.S. citizens it wished to target, creating a long and winding narrative eventually leading to the 2020 election. On October 31, 2020, Fanning and Jones wrote, bad actors within the U.S. government activated The Hammer and software Montgomery allegedly invented, “Scorecard,” to alter votes in eight states from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in advance of the November 3 general election. Their sole source of information was Dennis Montgomery.

In the 2015 lawsuit Montgomery filed against former New York Times author James Risen over a chapter in his book, “Pay Any Price,” he first claimed the software at the core his defamation claim was “classified” and to have given his only copy to the FBI, then not to have turned it over to the FBI nor to have even had it in his possession.

In the chapter in question, Risen wrote that although Montgomery’s claim as to the ability of his decoding software was not in evidence during the Bush administration, the U.S. government contracted with him again after Barack Obama took office. At the time, Montgomery was working for another company, Blxware, founded by then-multi-billionaires Tim and Edra Blixseth.

“In 2009, Montgomery was awarded another air force contract, and later claimed that he had provided the government with warning of a threatened Somali terrorist attack against President Obama’s inauguration,” Risen wrote. “Joseph Liberatore, an air force official who described himself as one of ‘the believers’ in Montgomery and his technology, e-mailed Montgomery and said he had heard from ‘various federal agencies thanking us’ for the support Montgomery and his company provided during Obama’s inauguration. The threat, however, later proved to be a hoax.”

James Risen, “Pay Any Price,” Chapter 3

At the conclusion of the chapter, Risen wrote that Montgomery “has never provided the documents to back up his assertions” regarding his claim to have “been used by top U.S. intelligence officials in highly questionable intelligence operations.”

Risen’s book followed by approximately four years a detailed 2010 article by Aram Roston for Playboy titled, “The Man Who Conned the Pentagon,” referring to Montgomery’s claim that software he allegedly invented and promoted to the Defense Department as having the capability to detect hidden terrorist messages in Al-Jazeera broadcasts was found to be non-functional.

Roston, whose background encompasses writing for a long list of media outlets and working as a producer for NBC Nightly News for five years, is also author of “The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi.”

Roston concluded the article with, “…who will Dennis Montgomery reach out to with his next scheme?”

Montgomery is responsible for sparking a “Code Orange” alert on the part of the U.S. government in late 2003 when he claimed his software predicted another 9/11-style attack on U.S. soil, resulting in then-DHS Secretary Tom Ridge grounding inbound flights from France and causing New York City to be placed under a state of emergency. In his article, “The Man Who Conned the Pentagon,” journalist Aram Roston wrote, in part:

…But there were no real intercepts, no new informants, no increase in chatter. And the suspicious package turned out to contain a stuffed snowman. This was, instead, the beginning of a bizarre scam. Behind that terror alert, and a string of contracts and intrigue that continues to this date, there is one unlikely character.

The man’s name is Dennis Montgomery, a self-proclaimed scientist who said he could predict terrorist attacks. Operating with a small software development company, he apparently convinced the Bush White House, the CIA, the Air Force and other agencies that Al Jazeera—the Qatari-owned TV network—was unwittingly transmitting target data to Al Qaeda sleepers.

As to inventing “elections” technology, Montgomery does not even make such a claim on his own website, which states he “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” and that “The last 18 years have been devoted to developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in cybersecurity space for the U.S. intelligence agencies.”

The list of patents Montgomery applied for — through eTreppid or individually, not all of which were granted — contains nothing in the field of healthcare nor in the field of elections software or hardware. Montgomery did, however, work in the field of healthcare early in his career.

Montgomery’s subcontractual work for the U.S. government concluded in 2009. Approximately four years later, after then-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s expansive surveillance programs of American citizens, Montgomery claimed not only to the MCSO, but also to Attorney Larry Klayman that he possessed “47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information showing not just that President Trump, when he was a businessman, but the chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts; other justices; 156 other judges, prominent businessmen, and anybody who was anybody was surveilled by the intelligence agencies presumably for nefarious purposes… (begins at 0:31).”

In 2017, the same claims were made to investigative journalists Sara Carter and John Solomon, who appeared on “Hannity” and promised a follow-up story which never came.

False Claims not Limited to Technology

Over the years Montgomery has made numerous false claims about individuals with whom he appears to have developed an animus for one reason or another. During the Trepp litigation, Montgomery accused Jim Gibbons, then a congressman running for governor in Nevada, of accepting a bribe from Trepp to secure a government contract for eTreppid. Following an FBI investigation, in 2008 Gibbons was cleared of wrongdoing.

On November 3, 2008, USAToday reported:

The investigation of the former Republican congressman involved claims that he improperly received gifts from a software company that received military contracts while he was in Congress.

The allegations proved to be “baseless, and there’s not a shred of evidence that I did anything wrong,” Gibbons said at a news conference Monday.

“This certainly took a lot longer than I wanted to be resolved. I wish it would have been resolved a year ago, two years ago. It took longer,” he said. “But this is good news, and it doesn’t matter to me when the good news comes, even a day before an election.”

His attorney, Abbe Lowell of Washington, said Sunday that the Justice Department told him Gibbons wouldn’t be charged. A law enforcement official close to the case, who spoke anonymously because authorities never officially acknowledged the probe, confirmed the substance of Lowell’s statement.

Gibbons, who was elected governor in 2006 after five terms in Congress, had steadfastly denied any wrongdoing despite claims by Dennis Montgomery that eTreppid Technologies LLC founder Warren Trepp lavished Gibbons with money and a Caribbean cruise in exchange for help winning contracts for his company.

Montgomery’s credibility was put in doubt after a computer expert questioned the authenticity of e-mails Montgomery claimed proved Gibbons was accepting gifts.

Gibbons said defending himself against the allegations cost about $200,000 in legal fees. He had to solicit contributions to help cover those costs.

Asked if he would consider suing Montgomery now that the Justice Department and FBI have ended the investigation, Gibbons said: “You know, some days you’re harmed and the doors to the courthouse should remain open. And let me say that my thoughts remain open.”

An attorney for Montgomery, Ron Logar in Reno, didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment Monday.

In 2015, an MCSO Internal Affairs investigation was launched after Montgomery alleged that the supervisor of his confidential-informant work “threatened” him in a text message. The investigation yielded no corroborative findings nor any disciplinary action.

In 2019, Montgomery filed a false complaint in Washington State against this writer, alleging, without any evidence, that she “abused” “a vulnerable adult.” This writer had never, nor since that time, visited the State of Washington, nor has she ever interacted with Montgomery face-to-face.

As this writer reported at the time, the complaint followed, by approximately nine months, her decision not to move forward on Montgomery’s email request to publish a “positive” news story about him. In an email to the agency investigator, this writer contended, in part:

I can tell you that the complainant is wasting your time and resources, as he has of so many other individuals and entities over many years, including former New York Times writer James Risen in a federal lawsuit which he lost, including on appeal. The complainant lodged false claims against former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons of which the FBI cleared Gibbons, and he filed a false Internal Affairs investigation against an investigator who worked with the complainant five years ago and on which I have recently been reporting.

“Ignorant” or “Lying”

Curiously, Lindell and his attorney purport to believe that the State Secrets Privilege applies to them despite Lindell’s proffering of a different reason for withholding Montgomery’s alleged election data at his Cyber Symposium last year. Rather than vetting Montgomery’s unlikely “Declaration” claim of having “licensed” election technology to the U.S. government or researching the ramifications of the State Secrets Privilege over the Montgomery-Trepp litigation, Lindell and Olsen have simply accepted Montgomery’s statements as fact and regurgitated them to an audience eager to believe it.

They are now using Montgomery’s claims to solicit funds.

As we reported in Part 3, Montgomery has likely been significantly enriched as a result of his relationship with Lindell, whose net worth last month was an estimated $50 million; last year it was reported to be $300 million. Further, Montgomery’s current business, “Blxware,” is registered to a luxury home in Naples, FL purchased approximately a month prior to the Cyber Symposium, allegedly by Lindell through a trust.

As Olsen concluded reading from selected paragraphs of the Declaration on August 21, he told the audience authoritatively, “So anybody who says Dennis Montgomery is not the real deal is either ignorant or they’re lying.”

Which is it with Lindell and Olsen? Have they withheld crucial information because they are ignorant as to how to locate it, or are they lying to perpetrate a fraud of their own and, at the same time, soliciting money from an unsuspecting public for a defense against three lawsuits?

Can Lindell and Olsen realistically expect that a Motion to Intervene in a 15-year-old case, long settled between the parties, will see the court lifting the State Secrets Privilege and protective order over material provided to “intelligence agencies”? Even if it were, what “elections” information could possibly be contained therein?

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