East Idaho Newsmakers: Former FBI special agent Frank Montoya
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In this edition of East Idaho Newsmakers, Nate Eaton speaks with recently retired FBI special agent Frank Montoya.
Montoya spent 26 years with the FBI and held a variety of prestigious positions.
He was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle Division on 2014 after serving as head of national counterintelligence for the United States government.
Montoya began his career as a special agent with the FBI in May 1991. He reported to the San Antonio Division, where he worked violent crime and established and led the division’s fugitive task force. He also worked in the Oklahoma City Division to assist in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation.
In June 1996, Montoya transferred to the San Juan Division. During this assignment, he worked in the special operations group and served as a surveillance team leader on drug, violent crime, and national security cases. He was then assigned to the Washington Field Office’s national security squad. While there, Montoya participated in and led domestic and foreign investigations and operations.
In April 2000, Montoya was promoted and transferred to FBI Headquarters to oversee national security investigations and operations. During this time, he assisted in the Robert Hanssen investigation. Montoya transferred to the Milwaukee Division in November 2002. He served as supervisor and oversaw the counterintelligence squad and several national security investigations.
He returned to FBI Headquarters in December 2005 and was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division. Montoya participated in the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. In July 2007, he transferred to the San Francisco Division as assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch.
In 2009, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division. Two years later, he was selected as special agent in charge of the Honolulu Division.
Montoya received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer.
During their conversation, Eaton asked Montoya about current FBI investigations involving Pres. Trump’s accusations that Trump Tower was wiretapped. They also discussed the investigation concerning the Russian government, the DeOrr Kunz disappearance case and Montoya’s distinguished career.
Watch the video above for the entire conversation.