Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson recently ruffled feathers on both sides of the political aisle with his assertion that the Biden administration’s National Security Agency had been spying on him.
Asserting that the claim was “confirmed” by a whistleblower, Carlson recently told his audience that federal agents monitored his electronic communications in an effort to bring his popular show to an end.
“In a position to know”
According to PJ Media, the host insisted that he received information that could have only been obtained from his private emails and text messages. The NSA addressed the allegation in a carefully worded statement that did not explicitly deny the underlying assertion.
“Yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the U.S. Government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” Carlson claimed on Monday.
He went on to describe the whistleblower as someone “in a position to know” about the alleged spying.
“There’s no other possible source of that information,” Carlson said of the information provided directly from his own personal communications.
“The NSA captured that information and did it for political reasons,” he added. “The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that.”
“A very straightforward claim”
The host proceeded to explain that he contacted both the NSA and FBI and filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all of the information gathered about him, though he expressed skepticism that he would receive a satisfactory response from either agency.
“Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy,” Carlson asserted. “If they are doing it to us — and they are definitely doing it to us — they are almost certainly doing it to others. This is scary and we need to stop it right away.”
In its statement on Tuesday evening, the NSA skirted the underlying claim while labeling Carlson’s characterization of its actions as “untrue.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also reacted to the development, describing the NSA as “an entity that focuses on foreign threats” and encouraging reporters to direct questions to members of the intelligence community.
“Last night on this show we made a very straightforward claim: NSA has read my private emails without my permission,” Carlson said during an on-air monologue on Tuesday. “Period. Tonight’s statement does not deny that.”