Fox and Fake News: GCHQ Denies Wiretap Allegation
By Sunny Rogers
UK intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has profusely denied claims that they assisted former president Barack Obama to wiretap Donald Trump during the 2016 election, calling the allegations complete “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous.”
GCHQ’s denial of these heinous claims, comes in response to comments made by White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, when he briefed reporters on Thursday that GCHQ had spied on Trump Tower ahead of the US elections. Spicer cited claims which originally came from a Fox & Friends interview with Fox News analyst, Andrew Napolitano, stating that three intelligence sources had confirmed to him that the Obama administration used GCHQ to spy on Trump so that there would be “no American fingerprints on this.”
It’s unusual for GCHQ to speak out on such matters, however, due to the unprecedented nature of these allegations, the agency clearly felt compelled to respond. In a statement released by a spokesperson from GCHQ, they outlined that: “Recent allegations made media commentator Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
It wasn’t just GCHQ who were quick to condemn the claims, Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, said that “Trump was compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment.”
How the story began:
If anyone is unsure how this ridiculousness began, take a seat. It was the early hours of a Saturday morning in Mar A Lago during early March, where weary-eyed Trump began his tirade, accusing Obama of wiretapping him in a series of tweets and calling his predecessor a “bad (or sick) guy.”
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!,” the whiny president tweeted on the 4th March.
Despite these claims, Spicer and White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, continue to back these nonsensical claims made by Trump, thus discrediting themselves each time they make a media appearance. Beware of the spying microwaves.
During a cringe-worthy segment of the press briefing on Thursday, Spicer stated that Trump “stands by it” and emphasised that the president was referring broadly to wiretapping as a range of surveillance-related activities. Trump also made a similar argument in a Wednesday night interview on Fox News, telling host Tucker Carlson that the word wiretap “covers surveillance and many other things.”
He also told Carlson that his administration would submit evidence of his claim to the House intelligence panel “very soon,” adding: “You’re going to find some interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.” Pigs also fly too.
Trump might have Spicy and Con-way on side for now, however, Trump will soon be riding these waves alone, as not a scrap of evidence has arisen since the claims were made. On Thursday, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate intelligence committee joined their counterparts on the House intelligence committee in concluding that they had seen no evidence to the president’s ludicrous accusation.