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NSA Watchdog Reportedly Launched A Review Into Tucker Carlson’s Spying Claims

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 10, 2021

Topline

The National Security Agency’s internal watchdog is reportedly looking into claims that the agency spied on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s communications, a claim the NSA previously denied.

Key Facts

The NSA inspector general Robert P. Storch released a brief statement Tuesday that his office is undertaking a “review related to recent allegations that the NSA improperly targeted the communications of a member of the U.S. news media.”

The probe will review the NSA’s intelligence procedures and whether they complied with laws and agency policies, and whether any of the agency’s actions were “based upon improper considerations,” Storch said in the statement.

An NSA spokesperson said the agency “remains fully committed to the rigorous and independent oversight provided by the NSA Inspector General’s office,” in a statement to Forbes.

A Fox News spokesperson told Forbes in statement the media company is “gratified” to learn of the investigation into the NSA’s “egregious surveillance” of Carlson, adding that their initial denial was “wildly misleading.”

Key Background

In a June episode of his wildly-popular news show Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson claimed a government whistleblower informed him that the NSA had been surveilling his emails and was plotting to leak private and embarrassing information about the news host in a move to have his show pulled from the air. Carlson has offered no evidence to back up his claims, only saying the whistleblower had confidential information about him that would have only been possible to know from access to the host’s emails. The NSA denied the allegations, adding that Carlson has never been a target from the agency, which is focused on foreign intelligence. Carlson has maintained he was under surveillance, and called the NSA’s statement “infuriatingly dishonest.” 

Further Reading

Tucker Carlson’s Spying Allegations Being Investigated by National Security Agency Watchdog (Wall Street Journal)

NSA Denies Tucker Carlson’s Claims Spy Agency Is Trying To Take Him Down (Forbes)

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