Dennis Montgomery: 'fooled CIA over Al-Jazeera codes'

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Dennis Montgomery: 'fooled CIA over Al-Jazeera codes'

Post by Strawberry on Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:37 pm

- Man claims to have conned CIA

- Claimed mesages hidden in Al-Jazeera

- Report contained in Playboy expose

PEOPLE who say they read Playboy magazine for the articles might be telling the truth, after it published an account of an elaborate scam that had the CIA believing Al-Jazeera was sending coded messages for Al-Qaeda.

The con artist convinced the CIA and other US agencies that he could decode secret messages sent by al-Qaeda through Al-Jazeera broadcasts in 2003, Playboy magazine reported.

Duped by claims that "bar codes" on Al-Jazeera television contained targeting information for al-Qaeda attacks, former president George W. Bush's administration raised the terror alert and cancelled several transatlantic flights in December 2003, the report said, citing former CIA officials.

The swindler at the centre of the scam was Dennis Montgomery, head of a small software company in Reno, Nevada.

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Re: Dennis Montgomery: 'fooled CIA over Al-Jazeera codes'

Post by Chiral on Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:11 am

In January 2009, he signed a $US3 million ($3.39 million) research contract with the US Air Force, according to Playboy.

"We were testing some of the software. We were just looking at it to see if there was anything there," Joseph Liberatore, an Air Force program manager, told the magazine.

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