In 2015, it was revealed that the Obama Justice Department had secretly spied on journalists from the Associated Press, “obtaining two months’ worth of telephone records in what was most likely an attempt to crack down on internal leaks,” according to The Week.
Now, Joe Biden is allegedly continuing the Obama legacy by spying on Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Tucker Carlson made the accusation on his June 28th show, telling his viewers that he had been contacted by a whistleblower who gave him proof of the spying, repeating information that could only have come from Carlson’s texts and emails related to a story his team was working on.
“It’s not just political protests that the government is spying on,” he said.
“Yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the US government who reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” Carlson continued.
The Fox News host admitted that it was “a shocking claim” that would normally be “skeptical” of because it is obviously “illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens. It’s a crime. It’s not a Third World country. Things like that should not happen in America.”
“The whistleblower, 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 revealed.
“There’s no other possible source for that information. Period. They did it for political reasons. The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that,” he added.
Carlson isn’t just calling out the Biden administration for spying, he’s already taken it a step further. He announced that he had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in response, asking for all of the information gathered by the feds related to him and his show.
“We 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.
“Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy,” he continued. “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.”
When asked about Carlson’s claims, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that although she can admit that the NSA does conduct surveillance as part of its work, she cannot comment on whether Carlson was being spied on.
“Well, the NSA… is an entity that focuses on foreign threats and individuals who are trying attempting to do us harm on foreign soil. So, that is their purview. But beyond that, I would point you to the intelligence community,” Psaki said.