Furious British Spy Agency Slams “Utterly Ridiculous” Claim It Wiretapped Trump
by Tyler Durden
Mar 17, 2017
After a report by Fox News’ Judge Napolitano that UK spies helped Obama spy on president Trump during the presidential campaign, the British spy agency GCHQ issued a rare and angry denial of the “utterly ridiculous” allegation that it eavesdropped on President Donald Trump during the election campaign.
In a rare public statement, the furious Britain’s eavesdropping agency said the charge, made first on Tuesday by Fox News analyst judge Andrew Napolitano, was “utterly ridiculous”. The signal intelligence agency went public after Spicer quoted judge Napolitano to support Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama.
In a testy press briefing Thursday, Spicer cited former New Jersey judge Andrew Napolitano, who alleged on Fox News that Obama “went outside the chain of command” and used the British agency so that there were “no American fingerprints” on surveillance of Trump. Spicer said it was one of many reports that suggest the president’s claims “merit looking into.” It brought a swift, highly unusual and furious public response from GCHQ, which is broadly similar to America’s NSA and monitors global communications.
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense,” a spokesman for GCHQ said, adding that “they are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”