Barack Obama may not have actually wiretapped Trump Tower like the President accused in a bombshell tweet last month, but the resulting investigation has confirmed that there was an attempt to monitor members of Trump’s campaign. We know for a fact that the Obama administration had filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court to monitor the communications of Trump and his associates (which was denied), and that the FBI succeeded in obtaining a FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Cater Page.Judge Andrew Napolitano got himself into some trouble at Fox News (in the form of a one-week suspension) when he claimed on the air that a number of Intel sources had informed him that the Obama administration spied on Trump using Britain’s intelligence services as a proxy. But according to the Daily Wire, it was more than just the British involved.
Last week, both The Washington Post and The New York Times quietly reported that the Obama administration had “wiretapped” (their word, not mine) a Trump staffer.The Trump-hating Guardian then dropped another bombshell: the news that pretty much every Western intelligence agency in the world was aiding and abetting the Obama administration’s unbelievable and unprecedented (Nixon only wanted to do this) abuse of power against a political opponent.
Quoting The Guardian: “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. The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as “sigint” – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said. Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors.”
The “sigint” mentioned is a method of gathering intelligence just about identical to wiretapping. The definition (per Wikipedia) is “Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people (communications intelligence—abbreviated to COMINT) or from electronic signals not directly used in communication (electronic intelligence—abbreviated to ELINT). Signals intelligence is a subset of intelligence collection management.”The next part of the Guardian’s report vindicates the aforementioned claims made by Judge Napolitano. To quote: “Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told. GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.”
And of course, despite this all, they haven’t managed to find any connection between the Trump campaign and Russia.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]