(PatrioticPost.com)- On his show Monday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged that a whistleblower informed him that the National Security Agency (NSA) was monitoring his electronic communications with plans of leaking the information in order to take his show off the air.
Tucker Carlson says a whistleblower told him that he is being spied on by the NSA and that he filed a FOIA request for information:
"The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that." pic.twitter.com/LY2vmDLFTK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 29, 2021
The surprising allegations sent a shockwave through the media, with left-leaning networks like CNN scoffing at the notion and accusing Carlson of lying.
The following day, the NSA released a non-denial denial of Carlson’s allegations on Twitter.
Instead of directly addressing what Carlson alleged, the NSA played word games – claiming the Fox New host “has never been an intelligence target of the Agency.” That’s all well and good, but that isn’t what Carlson alleged.
The NSA also claimed that they were not trying to take his program off the air.
Reiterating that the NSA has a “foreign intelligence mission,” the agency stated that they target only “foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities” which could be harmful to the US.
They conclude the statement by pointing out that the NSA is not permitted to target US citizens without a court order, but this assertion was prefaced with a rather significant caveat: “with limited exceptions.”
As former CIA operative Bryan Dean Wright explained on Twitter, this statement from the NSA was “word games.” Wright reiterated that the NSA “can and does” collect data against citizens who are not an “intelligence target.” This is done under the guise of “incidental collection.” Wright concluded that the NSA statement was not, in fact, a “credible denial of Tucker’s claims.”
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who has extensively investigated how the government collects data on American citizens, concurred. She tweeted on Thursday that wording matters. While the NSA may deny that they were trying to take Tucker’s show off the air, it could mean that they are instead trying to get Tucker fired. The careful wording of the statement is a shell game of obfuscation.
In March of 2017, after President Trump alleged that the Obama Administration had been spying on his campaign, Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Fox News to explain how such a thing is possible and how the “incidental collection” works.
Watch it HERE.