President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer made a sensational claim on Thursday, suggesting that British spies i.e. the GCHQ may have worked together with Barack Obama to secretly wiretap Donald Trump before the 2016 election.
The communications director for the White House actually repeated his claim that the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) was used by the Obama administration instead of domestic intelligence services for the Trump surveillance in order to avoid compromising evidence, such as American fingerprints on a dirty job like it would be the case with wiretapping a presidential candidate or an elected president.
The Home Office refused to make any comments on Sean Spicer’s claims, but a British official referred to the allegations as being patently absurd and totally untrue.
However, what the Home Office did not say is that western governments really follow a secret protocol for surveying their own citizens via proxy, i.e. the NSA wiretaps British citizens while the Government Communications Headquarters does the same for American citizens and I am talking about the Echelon program.
President Trump is currently under pressure, being asked to justify his so far unproven claims that he was “wiretapped” by Barack Obama. Sean Spicer backed President Trump’s claims saying that:
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command.
“He didn’t use the NSA. He didn’t use the CIA. He didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use Department of Justice.
“He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British spying agency.
“They showed simply by having two saying to them the President needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations involving President-elect Trump, he’s able to get and there is no American fingerprints on this.”
BBC quoted a GCHQ spokesman who stated that Sean Spicer’s claims are utter nonsense, ridiculous and should be ignored. Richard Burr, who is the head of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee dismissed on Thursday President Trump’s claims about the Trump Tower being wiretapped by the previous administration:
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
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