UK’s cyber spy agency GCHQ denies ‘utterly ridiculous’ allegations of Trump wiretap

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‘British intelligence officials have hit back at the White House after it repeated unsubstantiated claims that GCHQ helped President Barack Obama “wiretap” candidate Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election race.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer quoted a Fox News report which alleged Obama used the British intelligence agency to help him spy on Trump.

During a tense news briefing, Spicer said Obama used British officials so “there’s no American fingerprints on this.” He quoted Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox’s senior judicial analyst, who earlier this week said: “He 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 the GCHQ.”

Spicer continued with the citation, saying, in the words of Napolitano: “[GCHQ] have 24/7 access to the NSA database, so by simply having two people go to them and saying, ‘President needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate president-elect Trump,’ he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it.”’

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