The National Security Agency issued a statement on Tuesday after Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed the agency had been spying on his personal communications.
“This allegation is untrue,” the agency’s statement read.
“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’s Statement
A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
The statement added, “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.”
Carlson said on Monday, according to the Washington Examiner, “Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy.”
He added, “If they are doing it to us, and again, 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.”
Tucker Claps Back
Whistleblower to Tucker: You’re being monitored pic.twitter.com/BLTn9iKaQx
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 30, 2021
Carlson noted the agency’s statement did not deny they had monitored him.
He called the NSA statement “infuriatingly dishonest” and “an entire paragraph of lies written purely for the benefit of the intel community’s lackeys at CNN and MSNBC.”
“Last night on this show, we made a very straightforward claim: NSA has read my private emails without my permission. Period,” Carlson stated.
“That’s what we said. Tonight’s statement from the NSA does not deny that.”
During his Tuesday program, he doubled down on the issue and aired White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s response to a reporter’s question on the issue.
Psaki punted on the question and said, “I would point you to the intelligence community.”
The ongoing rift reveals a deep level of distrust between journalists and government agencies.