TEHRAN (defapress)- US President Donald Trump accused UK spying agencies of monitoring him at the behest of the Barack Obama administration, but London has rejected the claim.
News ID: 77024
Publish Date: 25April 2019 - 18:24
The allegations were made by Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, who left the Agency almost 30 years ago — he's made numerous controversial claims over the years, including spreading a hoax in 2008 that Michelle Obama had been videod issuing slurs against white people, and claiming in 2013 leading Democrat John Kerry was guilty of war crimes in Vietnam. He also stated that al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden wasn't a threat two months before 9/11 attack, World News reported.
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The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has rejected claims that it was asked by the administration of Obama to spy on Trump after the 2016 presidential election.
“As we have previously stated, the allegations that GCHQ was asked to conduct 'wire tapping' against the then President Elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored," a GCHQ spokesman stated.
The claims are nothing new and date back to the earliest days of Trump's presidency — in a March 2017 White House press conference, then-presidential spokesperson Sean Spicer noted that the Cheltenham-based eavesdropping agency had colluded with the former POTUS.
"[Obama] didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ, what is that? It's the initials for the British Intelligence Spying Agency", he added.
It sparked a diplomatic incident between the two countries, prompting GCHQ bosses to make a rare public statement labelling the claims "utterly ridiculous", and Trump's then-National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to contact his colleague in No. 10 to personally apologise. McMaster also gave assurances that America would never repeat the embarrassment. Spicer also apologised.
The Buckingham Palace had confirmed hours earlier that Trump would visit the UK in June. After his working visit last year, Trump and First Lady Melania are scheduled to visit the UK from June 3-5 for an official state visit as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.