The cyber expert on the “red team” hired by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell now says the key data underpinning the theory that China hacked the 2020 election unveiled at the Cyber Symposium is illegitimate.
But cyber expert Josh Merritt, who is on the team hired by Mr. Lindell to interrogate the data for the symposium, told The Washington Times that packet captures are unrecoverable in the data and that the data, as provided, cannot prove a cyber incursion by China.
“So our team said, we’re not going to say that this is legitimate if we don’t have confidence in the information,” Mr. Merritt said on Wednesday, the second day of the symposium.https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/aug/11/mike-lindells-lead-cyber-expert-says-they-cant-pro/
I encourage everyone to read the whole article. FWIW, Josh Merritt is “Spyder”, the IT source that Lawyer and former kracken, Sidney Powell, tried to cite in her lawsuits as a “former military intelligence” but he claims he never said that, her clerks fubar’d his records. However, Rob Graham says that Josh has been “very straightforward” with the cyber security experts that are there.
Then of course, there’s this bit from the Times piece:
Mr. Merritt and Mr. Wiebe said the missing packet captures could be a result of either the format the data was sent in or they were withheld by the source of the information, Dennis L. Montgomery.https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/aug/11/mike-lindells-lead-cyber-expert-says-they-cant-pro/
Mr. Montgomery is a former government contractor who developed cyber tools named HAMMER and SCORECARD, which were allegedly used by the U.S. to influence foreign elections. Mr. Montgomery came forward with the data after he said the tools were being used to influence U.S. elections, according to Mr. Wiebe.
Mr. Merritt confirmed that Mr. Montgomery was the source of the data.
But the data Mr. Montgomery sent contains no packet captures and cannot be used to validate Mr. Lindell’s marquee theory, which he planned to unveil at the symposium, said the two experts.
Mr. Montgomery reportedly suffered a stroke on the eve of the symposium and has not been in contact with Mr. Lindell’s team or any cyber experts at the symposium.
Like I said in my last piece, even Gateway Pundit – a site which has it’s own credibility issues, but is considered a valid source by many of the people who are trusting Mr. Lindell – said that Dennis Montgomery was not a valid source. Yet it seems that almost all of Mr. Lindell’s information comes from Montgomery.
Interesting little note in the Times piece was this tidbit:
Phil Waldron who is the leader of the red team, said only a small slice of the data was provided to the red team, just days before the symposium.
That’s an interesting and telling statement, because Mr Lindell was on CNN about a week ago to hype his Symposium, and he told CNN that he had “spent millions” verifying the data, and had irrefutable proof of election fraud. Yet his “red team” of cyber security guys, the guys he brought in to verify that his data was good, didn’t get to look at the data at all until a few days ahead of the symposium? Something doesn’t smell right. Where did Mr. Lindell’s “millions” go? Who told him this data, that his own “red team” now says is bogus, was good?
Sadly, I think it a very real possibility that Mr Lindell was scammed, and either doesn’t realize it, or doesn’t know how to get himself out of the hole he has dug.