Just one day before his much discussed and widely anticipated testimony before Congress, things just continue to go downhill for former FBI director James Comey.
Former U.S. intelligence contractor Dennis Montgomery walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on no less than 47 hard drives from both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the CIA. His breach is considered even larger than that of Edward Snowden. Montgomery has now filed suit against Comey and other government officials with allegations the FBI covered up evidence that he provided demonstrating widespread spying on Americans in violation of the 4th amendment and civil liberties.
The suit was filed on Monday evening and assigned in Washington to U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who in 2015 issued an historic ruling that the NSA’s past bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was an extreme violation of Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. The evidence provided by Montgomery to the FBI detailed warrantless collection of phone, financial and personal data and the unmasking of identities in spy data about millions of Americans. The suit accuses the bureau of failing to take proper actions to rectify Montgomery’s concerns or any concerns regarding the massive and flagrant amendment violations
Montgomery states –
“This domestic surveillance was all being done on computers supplied by the FBI so these supercomputers, which are FBI computers, the CIA is using them to do domestic surveillance.”
The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington show documents from 2015 where Montgomery was granted limited immunity from prosecution in order to incentivize Montgomery to explain just how he was able to accomplish the massive date breach. Montgomery did return the hard drives to the FBI as part of the deal. The complaint alleges that more than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked – credit reports, emails, phone conversations and Internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected. Montgomery did return the hard drives to the FBI.
“They’re doing this domestic surveillance on Americans, running a project on U.S. soil. Can you imagine what someone can do with the information they were collecting on Americans, can you imagine that kind of power.”
Montgomery’s lawsuit, which included his lawyer, the well-known conservative activist Larry Klayman, alleges Montgomery provided extensive evidence to the FBI of illegal spying on Americans ranging from judges to businessman like the future President Donald Trump.
Montgomery speaks of a ”pattern and practice of conducting illegal, unconstitutional surveillance against millions of Americans, including prominent Americans such as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen, and others such as Donald J. Trump, as well as Plaintiffs themselves,” in the lawsuit. Both Klayman and Montgomery allege in the complaint that they themselves have been the victims of U.S. intelligence spying in violation of their fourth amendment rights with the suit naming numerous additional defendants alleging their participation in the rights violations including current NSA Director Mike Rogers, former CIA Director John Brennan and even former President Barack Obama.