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British spy agency GCHQ refutes White House claim that it helped ‘wiretap’ Donald Trump

The British spy agency termed the allegations “utterly ridiculous” and “nonsense”


Following claims by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer of its role in the wiretapping of US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US elections, British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) yesterday have denied that it had helped former President Barack Obama “spy” on Trump, the Guardian reported.

“Recent allegations that made by media commentator judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ had been asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the president-elect are nonsense,” the Guardian quoted a GCHQ spokesperson as saying. The spokesperson apparently termed the allegations “utterly ridiculous” and “be ignored”.

The Guardian stated that Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano had claimed that “three intelligence sources confirmed to him” that the Obama administration used GCHQ to spy on Trump. According to the Guardian, Napolitan sued that it was done so that there would be “no American fingerprints on this”.

And in an addition to support Trump’s allegations, Sean Spicer has reportedly quoted Napolitano’s allegation.

In March, Donald Trump, through a series of tweets that happened, accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, though US officials have sued that the allegations were baseless.

Trump Tweets

On March 4, the US President had tweeted: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

The Guardian has also reported that the documents that have released by whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that British officials had allowed their US counters to store and analyse British citizens’ internet and email records.

The Leader of Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said that Trump was “compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment”, the Guardian reported.

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