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Tucker Carlson has claimed that the NSA is spying on his show, in a bid to take them off air.
The Fox News host said on Monday night that a whistleblower had approached the show the day before, and informed them of the espionage.
‘It is not just political protest the government is spying on,’ Carlson told his viewers.
‘Yesterday we heard from a whistle-blower within the U.S. government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the national security agency, is monitoring our electronic communication and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.’
The Fox News host told his viewers on Monday night that he was being spied on by the NSA. He said a whistleblower had information which could only have come from his own texts and emails. Carlson said the spying was ‘scary’ and demanded it stop
Tucker Carlson on Monday night claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on his show, in a bid to force him off the air
Tucker Carlson says a whistleblower told him that he is being spied on by the NSA and that he filed a FOIA request for information:
“The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that.” pic.twitter.com/LY2vmDLFTK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 29, 2021
Carlson said he knew the whistleblower’s information was correct because they had insider knowledge, that could only have come from accessing his communications.
‘The whistle-blower 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,’ Carlson said.
‘There’s no other possible source of that information. None.’
The 52-year-old presenter – one of Fox’s biggest stars – has for several weeks been claiming that the FBI infiltrated and actively orchestrated the January 6 riots.
His claims have been denied by the FBI, but Carlson insisted that the government was infiltrating all aspects of life.
The NSA headquarters are pictured in Fort Meade, Maryland. Carlson has claimed that the NSA is spying on him, and described it as ‘incompatible with democracy’
Carlson pointed the finger directly at the Biden administration, and accused them of spying on him and his show to try and stem his criticism of the government.
‘They did it for political reasons,’ he said.
‘The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that.
‘This morning, we filed an employer request asking for all information that the NSA and other agencies have gathered about the show. We did it mostly as a formality and contact of the press office of both NSA and the FBI you don’t expect to hear much back, that’s the way that usually goes.
‘Only congress can force transparency on the intelligence agencies and they should do that immediately.’
Carlson said that the NSA’s behavior was unacceptable.
‘Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy. 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,’ he concluded.
The Justice Department under former Attorney General Eric Holder in 2015 announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during criminal leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional levels of review before a journalist could be subpoenaed.
The updated policy was a response to outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics seen as overly aggressive and hostile toward newsgathering.
Jeff Sessions, Holder’s successor appointed by Trump, announced in 2017 a renewed crackdown on leaks of national security information to the media.