London: Britain's communications spy company GCHQ has issued a uncommon public denial of "utterly ridiculous" claims it spied on Donald Trump, acknowledging that the vehement tone of its assertion was "unusual".
"Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then-president elect are nonsense," a GCHQ spokesperson mentioned.
"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored," the spokesperson mentioned in a press release late Thursday. GCHQ's press workplace advised AFP on Friday that it was "not unusual" for the company to make public remark however acknowledged that "perhaps the tone of it was unusual".
The company doesn’t usually touch upon intelligence issues, although it has stepped up its public relations in current months, together with for recruitment drives and warnings on cyber-security.
Britain and america — together with Australia, Canada and New Zealand — are a part of the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing alliance cast from the embers of World Warfare II.
Trump accused former president Barack Obama on March four of a "Nixon/Watergate"-like wiretapping plot that will nearly actually break US legislation.
President Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer repeated the allegations on Thursday, quoting from the Fox Information report wherein Napolitano spoke.
Trump had accused former president Barack Obama on March four of a "Nixon/Watergate"-like plot that will nearly actually break US legislation.
Within the subsequent Fox report, Napolitano claimed that "three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command" to order the surveillance.
"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," Napolitano mentioned, including that Obama used the GCHQ.
Members of Congress from each events who’re investigating the claims have discovered no proof to assist them. Tim Farron, chief of Britain's Liberal Democrats, an opposition get together, referred to as Spicer's repetition of the claims made by Napolitano "shameful".
"Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment," he mentioned, including: "This harms our and US security."