Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the Biden administration of “spying” on him in an attempt to take his show off the air.
He told his audience on Monday a government whistleblower told his team the National Security Agency is “spying” on their electronic communications and is “planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.”
Carlson did not directly identify the whistlblower, but confirmed all information came directly from his texts and emails between the source at the NSA.
“The Biden administration is spying on us and it is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens.”
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Accusing the NSA of covertly picking up his electronic communications, Carlson insisted there is “no other possible source of that information.”
Carlson, whose show averages millions of viewers, said his team filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for all information the NSA and other agencies have gathered about his show. They also reached out to the press offices of the NSA and FBI for comment.
“Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy. 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,” Carlson said in conclusion.
Before accusing the NSA of spying, Carlson followed up on a segment he did nearly two weeks ago suggesting people working with the FBI helped orchestrate the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, a claim that legal experts panned as highly dubious.
Citing language in publicly available indictments, Carlson said the FBI appeared to have “foreknowledge” of the attack on Congress. He said agents he spoke to over the weekend “confirmed that is true.”
Carlson quoted one FBI agent as saying, “The FBI had sources in that crowd — confidential sources, snitches. That’s 100% certain.”
Author: Asa McCue