Tucker Carlson was never an intelligence target of the agency, and the NSA never had plans to take his show off the air, “the NSA said. The National Security Agency denied spying on Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday after he He accused the agency of monitoring his electronic communications to take his show off the air.
“Tucker Carlson was never an intelligence target for the agency and the NSA never had plans to take his show off the air,” the NSA said in a statement on Twitter. “The NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We are targeting foreign powers to gain insight into foreign activity that could harm America. “
“With limited exceptions (such as an emergency), the NSA should not attack a US citizen without a court order expressly authorizing the target,” the agency added.
Carlson, a frequent critic of President Joe Biden, claimed on his Monday night show that “a whistleblower within the United States government” had informed him that the NSA was “monitoring our electronic communications and planning to leak them to this program since air”.
“The Biden administration is spying on us,” he said.
In response to testimony from the NSA, Carlson said during his show Tuesday that the agency did not deny reading his email.
The conservative host has a history of making false or exaggerated claims. In September, a United States District Court judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, saying that Carlson “did not describe factual facts” about the issues he was discussing and instead dealt with “exaggeration” and “comments. nonverbal “.
The judge continued: “Given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, ‘any reasonable viewer comes with a reasonable degree of skepticism’ about his testimony.”
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. The NSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Carlson’s additional claims Tuesday night.