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NSA ‘spying on opposition journalists,’ Tucker Carlson says

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo taken on January 29, 2010 shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. (AFP photo)

The US National Security Agency is “spying on opposition journalists,” says Fox News host and political commentator.

Tucker Carlson added in a Monday night episode of his show that the NSA was spying on his communications “in an attempt to take this show off the air.”

“Now, that’s a shocking claim, and ordinarily we’d be skeptical of it,” he added, arguing that “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.”

In the episode, Carlson was criticizing the Biden Democratic administration over calling white supremacy a threat.

“Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy… they are definitely doing it to us,” said the conservative TV host. “This is scary and we need to stop it right away.”

White House press secretary has dismissed Carlson’s claims, claiming that the NSA is focused on foreign adversaries.

“The NSA has, I think you are well aware, everyone’s aware, everyone on this plane is aware, I should say, is an entity that focuses on foreign threats and individuals who are attempting to do us harm on foreign soil. So that is their purview, but beyond that I would point you to the intelligence community.”

Privacy advocates say the NSA and other intelligence agencies gather data belonging to Americans in a way that affronts the US Constitution.

The issues of digital surveillance and privacy protection have been in the limelight since Edward Snowden began leaking classified intelligence documents in June 2013.

He revealed that the NSA had been collecting the phone records of millions of Americans and foreign nationals as well as political leaders around the world.

 


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