"Nonsense, Utterly Ridiculous & Should Be Ignored" - GCHQ On Trump's Wiretap Claims

By Holly Brockwell on at

Intelligence agency GCHQ has had to take time out of its day to specifically refute Donald Trump's claims that it wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.

Usually, GCHQ doesn't comment on anything, preferring a dignified silence and the old "we can neither confirm nor deny." To directly respond to, publicly refute, and pretty much insult the people making the claims is unprecedented. But then, so is Trump.

If you missed it, Press Sec Sean Spicer repeated Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano's claim that Barack Obama used GCHQ to wiretap Trump, a sentence which sounds like the kind of dream you have after too much cheese:

"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 the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ."

The BBC reports that GCHQ (government communications headquarters) responded:

"Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then president-elect are nonsense.

They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored."

Maybe Mr. Trump should spend a little more time checking his sources. He wouldn't want to be accused of falling for fake news. [BBC]

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