On Tuesday, the NSA denied spying on Carlson after he accused the agency of monitoring his electronic communications in an attempt to take his show off the air.
“Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air,” the NSA said in a statement on Twitter (@NSAGov). “NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States.” “With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting,” the agency added.
Tucker Carlson, a constant critic of President Joe Biden, asserted on his show Monday night that “a whistleblower within the U.S. government” informed him that the NSA was “monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.” Carlson also said the NSA captured his personal information for “political reasons” as he repeatedly called the agency a highly politicized one. “The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that … This is scary, and we need to stop it right away,” Carlson said. “Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy,” he added.
In response to the NSA’s statement, Carlson said during his show that the agency did not deny reading his emails. “Last night on this show, we made a very straightforward claim: NSA has read my private emails without my permission. Period,” Carlson stated on Tuesday. “That’s what we said. Tonight’s statement from the NSA does not deny that.”
He also claimed his team attempted to contact the NSA’s director general Paul Nakasone. “The question remains: Did the Biden administration read my personal emails?” he asked. “That’s the question that we asked directly to NSA officials when we spoke to them about 20 minutes ago in a very heated conversation: Did you read my emails? And again, they refused to say. Again and again. And then, they refused even to explain why they couldn’t answer that simple question.”
Despite the NSA’s denial, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called for an investigation on Wednesday. “For the past several months, I’ve seen a disturbing trend at the National Security Agency. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument,” McCarthy said in a statement. “I’ve asked Rep. Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people.”
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