A review prompted by Congress has found no evidence to support Tucker Carlson’s claim that he was targeted by the NSA.
The NSA has found no evidence to support Tucker Carlson’s allegations that the agency had been spying on him in an effort to take his show off the air, two people familiar with the matter told The Record.
An examination of the spy agency, prompted by Congressional investigations, found that the Fox News anchor’s communications were neither targeted, as the NSA has previously publicly stated, nor intercepted through so-called “incidental collection,” where the government or phone calls from Americans in contact with a foreign target under surveillance, according to these people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Correspondence between intelligence agencies and supervisory authorities is done through classified means.
Tucker Carlson’s NSA claims seem like a publicity stunt
Tucker Carlson appears to be using the same “deep state” playbook as Donald Trump. Carlson knows his primary audience is conspiracy theorists and Trump supporters, so he seems to have crafted some unsubstantiated claims that the NSA was spying on him to increase his audience ratings and give himself more credibility with his audience.
Carlson has not provided a single piece of evidence that he was targeted by the NSA or any other member of the intelligence community.
The NSA found mentions of Tucker Carlson by a foreign government, but that could be related to his Fox News propaganda operation. The government isn’t spying on Carlson and the NSA doesn’t want to catch him, but Tucker Carlson is trying to be the next Donald Trump.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is the White House press group and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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