GCHQ denies wiretapping Donald Trump17/03/17Defence
The UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has issued a statement denying it wiretapped President Donald Trump during the US presidential campaign.
The unusual move by the agency came after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cited claims made earlier in the week on US TV channel Fox News.
GCHQ responded by saying the allegations were “nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored”.
Trump has claimed that Trump Tower in New York was under surveillance.
Despite this he has provided no evidence for the claim.
A Senate committee on 16 March concluded that there were “no indications” Trump Tower was under surveillance by the US government before or after the election.
The claims of GCHQ involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano.
Spicer quoted Napolitano as saying: “Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command.
“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 GCHQ.”
A GCHQ spokesman said: “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense.
“They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
Spicer said Trump stuck by his allegations.