Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the National Security Agency (NSA) of spying on him to get his show yanked from the air, and also accused them of spying on Americans. Carlson referenced a whistleblower who contacted him with this information, as reported on Trending Politics.
Then it happened.
The NSA actually responded to the accusations, on Twitter of all places, to deny the allegations thrown at them from Tucker Carlson, and imply that the famous Fox News host had lied.
Tucker says the NSA is spying. The NSA says Tucker is lying.
What’s the truth? At this point, it is Tucker Carlson’s word against the NSA, who was exposed years ago for running a dragnet of surveillance on Americans when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on.
What did Tucker Carlson say about the NSA?
Tucker said this on his show:
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… The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on that could have only come directly from my texts and emails. There’s no other possible source for that information, period.
The NSA captured that information without our knowledge and did it for political reasons… The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that. This morning we filed a FOIA request — Freedom of Information Act request — asking for all information that the NSA and other agencies have gathered about this show. We did it mostly as a formality. We’ve also contacted the press office of both NSA and the FBI.
How did the NSA respond to Tucker Carlson‘s accusations on Twitter?
The NSA posted this:
A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
The story gets better.
Tucker Carlson responded to the NSA’s response, per report on Daily Wire:
Tonight’s statement from the NSA does not deny that. Instead, it comes with this non sequitur, in part, quote, ‘Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the agency.’ Okay, glad to know. But the question remains, did the Biden administration read my personal emails? 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 refuse to say, again and again. And then they refused even to explain why they couldn’t answer that simple question. We can’t tell you and we won’t tell you why we can’t tell you. My emails. And the message is clear. We can do whatever we want. We can read your personal texts; we can read your personal emails; we can send veiled threats your way to brush you back if we don’t like your politics; we can do anything.
Keep in mind that the NSA turned off the comments so people couldn’t reply and were forced to “Quote Retweet” and spark their own conversations.
People usually disable the comments when they know the reaction is going to be poor and they don’t want to hear from the public. People see this a lot on YouTube when the person or company uploads a video and they know it’s awful, so they disable comments to avoid the bad press.
The NSA should have left comments open and engaged in a meaningful dialogue with Twitter users to give people a sense of security and transparency, but they left the comments closed on this one.
Americans want trust and transparency.
Right now we have a popular show host with a reach of millions going up against the NSA.
Who will be victorious?