by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 23, 2023) — On Monday afternoon, “The Errant Friend,” or “E” for short, tweeted a link to an article The Post & Email published Sunday regarding his assertions about one “Mary Fanning Kirchhoefer,” who he claims is a “CIA Asset.”
We are unsure as to how “E” became aware of our article.
Since March 2017, Fanning Kirchhoefer, who writes at The American Report under the name, “Mary Fanning,” has promoted the unsubstantiated claims of former government subcontractor Dennis Montgomery which largely center on an alleged super-computer he purportedly designed and constructed for the government dubbed, “The Hammer.”
According to Montgomery’s narrative, since 2003 “The Hammer” has been used to conduct illegal government surveillance on U.S. citizens, including Donald Trump and members of his family, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, scores of federal judges and other government officials.
On October 31, 2020, Fanning and her co-writer, Alan Jones, reported, without corroboration, that “The Hammer” was teamed with software Montgomery created and named “Scorecard” to “steal” the 2020 election from Trump for Joe Biden. The article and assertions were widely circulated and accepted by many as an explanation for Trump’s loss of a second term despite outsized rally crowds and considerable enthusiasm for his “America First” policies.
The Post & Email does not know the identity of “E” but has deduced, based on tweets in his timeline, that he could be one of four plaintiffs who last year filed a lawsuit against the CIA and its former director, Mike Pompeo, for allegedly violating their Fourth Amendment rights while they visited with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London prior to his 2019 arrest.
In January 2021, Fanning and Montgomery convinced MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell of the veracity of Montgomery’s 2020 election claims, resulting in Lindell’s production of the video series, “Absolute Proof,” which Fanning, Jones and WVW-TV host Brannon Howse co-produced.
While Fanning and Jones parted ways with Lindell last year, Howse is now a regular host on Lindell’s “Frankspeech” website, which Howse reportedly conceived and created.
According to Lindell, he has spent tens of millions to expose corruption associated with the 2020 election. Since June 2021, he has claimed he will release all the “evidence” he possesses, reportedly purchased from Montgomery, if he can secure a court order lifting a 2007 government-invoked protective order over the information.
The government claims the information and technology so protected is disassociated with voting, elections, and specifically, the 2020 election and has urged the presiding judge to maintain the protective order.
To the questions posed in our title and subtitle, the response from “E” was, “The answer is, I’m just a friend.”