NSA Whistleblower Backs Up Wiretapping Claims by the President
NSA whistleblower, Bill Binney, says that President Trump is probably correct in his suspicions of being monitored. He also covers a couple of scenarios that will give you pause when you read them. One thought is about how an intelligence agency could be playing hardball with the President. The other thought has to do with former President Obama and how he and the Attorney General could slide around the FISA Court. Reads like Cold War drama.
As Written By Curt Mills for U.S. News:
President Donald Trump is “absolutely right” to claim he was wiretapped and monitored, a former NSA official claimed Monday, adding that the administration risks falling victim to further leaks if it continues to run afoul of the intelligence community.
“I think the president is absolutely right. His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored,” Bill Binney, a 36-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business on Monday. Everyone’s conversations are being monitored and stored, Binney said.
Binney resigned from NSA shortly after the U.S. approach to intelligence changed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He “became a whistleblower after discovering that elements of a data-monitoring program he had helped develop — nicknamed ThinThread — were being used to spy on Americans,” PBS reported.
On Monday he came to the defense of the president, whose allegations on social media over the weekend that outgoing President Barack Obama tapped his phones during the 2016 campaign have rankled Washington.
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