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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:53 AM

After Trump tweet, UK spy agency says claim it spied on Trump is utterly ridiculous

Source: Reuters

POLITICS APRIL 24, 2019 / 8:12 AM / UPDATED 41 MINUTES AGO

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s main eavesdropping agency on Wednesday said allegations that it had been asked by the Obama administration to spy on Donald Trump after the 2016 presidential election were utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.

Trump on Wednesday tweeted that a former CIA analyst, Larry Johnson, had accused Britain of spying on the Trump campaign. Trump said: “It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!”

When asked about the tweet, a GCHQ spokesman said: “The allegations that GCHQ was asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Paul Sandle


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-espionage/after-trump-tweet-uk-spy-agency-says-claim-it-spied-on-trump-is-utterly-ridiculous-idUSKCN1S01J0



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Reply After Trump tweet, UK spy agency says claim it spied on Trump is utterly ridiculous (Original post)
Eugene Apr 24 OP
Girard442 Apr 24 #1
muriel_volestrangler Apr 24 #2
abqtommy Apr 24 #3
eggplant Apr 24 #4
yaesu Apr 24 #5
paleotn Apr 24 #6
karynnj Apr 24 #7
CottonBear Apr 24 #8
murielm99 Apr 24 #9
karynnj Apr 24 #10
billh58 Apr 24 #11

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:12 AM

1. "Spying" is in the eye of the beholder.

If British Intel people aren’t collecting info on all heads of state, they aren’t doing their jobs. At what point that becomes nefarious is kind of a judgement call.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:34 AM

2. Larry Johnson? Larry Johnson is utterly ridiculous as a human being

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:37 AM

3. It's not necessary to perform clandestine survellance on tRump

since he commits his crimes in plain sight for all to see!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:25 AM

4. Perhaps they were only spying on all of the people he was talking to.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:06 AM

5. tinker tailor soldier tRump

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:25 AM

6. Is this his out for canceling on the Brits again?

We know how he is about massive protests. His welcome to the UK won’t be a warm one

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:52 AM

7. Larry Johnson was a PUMA running No Quarters, against Obama, then in 2016

turned against Hillary Clinton. His wikipedia page shows that he has regularly "created" fake charges against many Democrats.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:59 AM

8. What or who is a PUMA? Thanks! N/T

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 12:06 PM

9. PUMAs

are largely in the minds of Berniebros and Hillary haters.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 12:07 PM

10. A right wing effort to suggest that people for Clinton in the primaries

were against Obama after he won the nomination. As can be seen, Johnson was NEVER really a Clinton supporter. He was a right winger. He tried to establish that identity so he could then spread lies against Obama and to try to divide some Democrats. The goal obviously was that they should vote for McCain or not vote.

Minus a hostile foreign power, it can be seen as an precursor of some of the "Bernie Bros" spreading lies on social media to harm Clinton in 2016.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:09 PM

11. Party Unity My Ass... n/t

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