when trump accused gchq, they sneered at him like he was some sort of mental defective, and now they admit it

British & Six Other Nations Were All Spying on Trump
The_Real_Fly, Zero Hedge, Apr 13 2017

About a month ago, Fox suspended Judge Napolitano for suggesting British intelligence had spied on Donald Trump. The media went hysterical, saying the good judge was filled with UFO-style conspiracy theories. A GCHQ spox called the claims ‘nonsense’, proclaiming:

They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.

Lo and behold, the Guardian is out with an exclusive tonight refuting the GCHQ denial and confirming that Obama had received information from them, possibly to avoid being detected by people investigating FISA warrants. In addition to Britain’s GCHQ, MI6 was also involved, along with 4 other nations, as part of the intelligence gathering apparatus which then ferried their findings to Obama. The spying nations were Germany, Estonia, Poland and Australia. Another Guardian source said both France and the Netherlands were possible contributors to the Trump spying ring too. CNN reported:

GCHQ first became aware of suspicious interactions in late 2015. Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said. It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the Pindostan.

In typical spin, the Guardian’s source posited the notion that something improper had taken place between the Russians and Trump, saying:

It looks like the agencies were asleep. They were saying, ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents! You should be wary of this!’ The message was ‘Watch out! There’s something not right here!’

The Guardian claims that GCHQ head Robert Hannigan passed the information in the summer of 2016 to D/CIA Brennan, who told the ‘gang of eight’ in the House and Senate that there was evidence Russia was trying to swing the election towards Trump, as then reported by the NYT. According to the Guardian’s source, intelligence agencies were progressing in their attempts to tie the hacking of John Podesta’s email box to Russia, and the Trump team:

They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion. This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of influence relating to the use of hacked material.

We eagerly await their findings.

CNN Confirms Fox’s Napolitano
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Apr 13 2017

Roughly a month ago, during the height of the mainstream media mania over Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia, Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox and Friends with a startling new revelation, namely that President Obama circumvented U.S. law and employed a British intelligence agency to conduct surveillance of the Trump campaign.  Despite Napolitano’s assertion that the information had been confirmed by 3 separate sources, the Obama administration and foreign intelligence agencies issued immediate denials and the mainstream media was all too happy to trash the latest ‘conspiracy theory’ of their competitor network.  Here’s what he said:

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 DoJ. He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That’s the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them saying, ‘President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump, conversations involving president-elect Trump,’ he’s able to get it, and there’s no Pindostani fingerprints on this.

Of course, Napolitano’s efforts ultimately earned him a multi-day suspension from Fox News. Now, some 30 days after Napolitano broke the story, CNN seems to have just confirmed it:

British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their Pindosi counterparts, Pindosi congressional and law enforcement and Pindosi and European intelligence sources tell CNN. The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence, these sources tell CNN. British and European intelligence agencies, including GCHQ were not proactively targeting members of the Trump team but rather picked up these communications during what’s known as incidental collection, these sources tell CNN. The European intelligence agencies detected multiple communications over several months between the Trump associates and Russian individuals, and passed on that intelligence to Pindostan. The so-called “Five Eyes” agreement calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence.

Of course, we’re quite certain that, as CNN notes, the intercepted communications were merely “incidental” and in no way requested by the Obama administration but rather were conveniently volunteered, unsolicited, by British intelligence. Moreover, we’re sure that British intelligence also had very innocent reasons for “accidentally” happening upon the communication of Trump’s advisors. That said, we do wonder whether they also happened upon any communications from the Hillary campaign.

One Comment

  1. Steve
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    The GCHQ “denial” was easily recognizable as a deflection rather than a denial by anyone who lived thru the Clinton Administration and learned to parse statements. I have no problem with GCHQ monitoring US elections and reporting to the Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister. But reporting on US elections to the CIA and Obama Administration was a serious mistake. Their subsequent “denial” was also to be expected, and I recognized it immediately for what it was. “utterly ridiculous and should be ignored” is not the same as “we didn’t do it.” But even “we didn’t do it” would have been suspect, since Bubba Clinton also said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.”

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