The National Security Agency (NSA) has finally confessed to “unmasking” Fox News host Tucker Carlson after weeks of denials.
According to Newsweek, a new report reveals that a review by the NSA showed the agency wasn’t targeting Carlson and that his conversations weren’t intercepted by so-called “incidental collection.” Newsweek explains: “This is when the government obtains emails or phone calls of U.S. citizens who have been in contact with a foreign target of surveillance.”
But the agency did “unmask” the Fox host — which means his name was included in NSA documents. Carlson — and his network — want answers.
Carlson’s big claims
Carlson first aired claims that the NSA was spying on him on his self-titled Fox show. “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 the show off the air,” he said, according to NPR.
Carlson alleged that if true, such a development would show that the NSA was engaged in illegal behavior.
“Now that’s a shocking claim and ordinarily we’d be skeptical of it. It is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens. It’s a crime. It’s not a third-world country. Things like that should not happen in America, but unfortunately, they do happen. And in this case, they did happen,” Carlson said at the time, as The Wrap reported.
An internal review done by the NSA (no conflict of interest there) has finally been completed, and it shows that while the agency may not have been directly spying on Carlson, his name was mentioned in communications they transcribed between other, third parties.
Newsweek reports: “When U.S. intelligence agencies collect data and then share it with others in the government, the names of any private citizens who are not a subject of investigation are redacted for privacy reasons.”
Such was the case for Carlson — that is, until an unnamed official, with what Newsweek described as “proper security clearance,” requested that his name be “unmasked.”
The truth comes out
After news broke of the alleged unmasking, Fox News issued a statement calling the move by the NSA “entirely unacceptable” and a risk to journalists like Carlson.
“For the NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson or any journalist attempting to secure a newsworthy interview is entirely unacceptable and raises serious questions about their activities as well as their original denial, which was wildly misleading,” Fox said, according to The Hill.
Indeed, the damage has been done. The NSA initially denied all allegations, and now, the truth is coming out. What else is the Deep State doing that we don’t know about?