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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A former CIA officer responsible for previously peddling false allegations played a prime part in the fake claim that Barack Obama secretly asked GCHQ to wiretap Donald Trump, The Independent has learned. Larry C. Johnson, who made bogus charges that Michelle Obama made a racist speech against white people ... has emerged as one of the key figures behind what has become an international diplomatic confrontation between the U.S. and U.K. On March 6, the week after Trump first accused Obama of being responsible for the wiretap, Johnson "revealed" in an interview with Russian state-sponsored network Russia Today that there was a conspiracy between U.S. intelligence and "Britain's own GHCQ [sic]" to derail Donald Trump's election campaign.

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Johnson said he had repeated this to Andrew Napolitano, a retired judge, who made it a basis for his own accusation against Obama and GCHQ on Fox News earlier this week. The falsehood was then given further exposure by Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesman, at a White House briefing, on Thursday. Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, meanwhile, was busy distancing itself from the "very talented legal mind" Napolitano. Anchor Shepherd Smith said "Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now President of the United States was surveilled at any time, anyway. Full stop."

Johnson has been accused of mixing fact with fiction before. In 2008 he claimed on his blog that a tape existed of Michelle Obama "railing against whitey" at a church. Although he had not seen the tape himself, he said, "five other sources" had and it was being held by the Republicans "to drop at the appropriate time." No such tape was released and no evidence was ever produced to prove its existence. Meanwhile Rick Ledgett, the deputy director of NSA, the American counterpart of GCHQ, described the claims about Obama and British intelligence as "arrant nonsense." He pointed that the allegation betrayed "a complete lack of understanding in how the relationship works" between Britain and the U.S. on intelligence.

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Meanwhile Rick Ledgett, the deputy director of NSA, the American counterpart of GCHQ, described the claims about Mr Obama and British intelligence as "arrant nonsense". He pointed that the allegation betrayed "a complete lack of understanding in how the relationship works" between Britain and the US on intelligence.
President Trump has the world's most vast intelligence gathering apparatus at his personal disposal and this is how he chooses to put the US' and his own integrity at stake by repeatedly forwarding non-sensical allegations of felonious conduct by his predecessor based on the word of a proven liar and charlatan, Mr. Whitey Tape himself? Has Trump yet shown a grade-schooler's comprehension about how anything within our vast federal bureaucracy actually works beyond cashing taxpayer checks for his own decadent weekends at Mar-a-Lago?

I'm so far beyond the Bernie Bros. and anybody but Hillary shills to the point I wonder if anyone was actually paying attention to the obvious mental instability exhibited daily by the man now ensconced in the White House. His judgments are suspect as is his complete paranoia that his own government is out to get him while ignoring the obvious reality of his very presence as POTUS begs the question if he indeed is a threat of the type mentioned within our officeholder's oath.

The train for Crazytown left the station quite a while ago and it appears to be an express without any off ramps. Lord help this republic if a crisis ever has to be dealt with by this buffoon.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-03-19 09:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 8

Garbage, it just gets tin foil hat out there farther and farther every day.

#2 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-19 09:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2

Is there a Whitey Tape?

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Trump has always listened to the crazy conspiracy nuts because he is one of them. It's low IQ thing.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-03-19 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From another report on the story:

Mr. Napolitano, who keeps a residence in Manhattan at Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park West, did not respond to inquiries on Friday.

But Mr. Johnson, who was himself once a Fox News contributor, said in a telephone interview that Mr. Napolitano called him on Friday and requested that he speak to The New York Times. Mr. Johnson said he was one of the sources for Mr. Napolitano's claim about British intelligence.

Mr. Johnson became infamous in political circles after he spread false rumors in 2008 that Michelle Obama had been videotaped using a slur against Caucasians. In the interview on Friday, Mr. Johnson acknowledged his notoriety, but said that his knowledge of surveillance of Mr. Trump came from sources in the American intelligence community. Mr. Napolitano, he said, heard about his information through an intermediary.

mobile.nytimes.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-03-19 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Here's RT's report on Johnson's March 5th interview with them (it includes a transcript);

‘D.C. insiders seek to defeat Donald Trump - even in aftermath of his victory' – ex CIA agent

rt.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-03-19 01:12 PM | Reply

Here's the video of Johnson's interview on RT:

"He DOES have evidence." ex-CIA agent, on Obama wiretapping Trump

www.youtube.com

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-03-19 01:16 PM | Reply

I find it fascinating that all roads from Combover Caligula's administration lead back to Russia. I have never seen RT quoted as much as it has been the past two months.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-03-19 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Even the NSA has distanced itself from Pres Trump unsubstantiated claims:

Claims GCHQ wiretapped Trump 'nonsense' - NSA's Ledgett
www.bbc.com

...The claim that GCHQ carried out surveillance on Donald Trump during the election campaign is "arrant nonsense", Rick Ledgett, the number two at the US National Security Agency (NSA) has told the BBC in an exclusive interview.... "Of course they wouldn't do it. It would be epically stupid,"...

[emphasis mine]

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-03-19 02:05 PM | Reply

Johnson says very nicely that Fox lied and he never said Obama wiretapped Donny.

thehill.com

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2017-03-19 02:52 PM | Reply

The whitey tape is fact. Everything about trump is innuendo.

With No Regret

Jeffygnolescus

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-03-19 03:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 5

Soooo,
One liar quoting another liar's lies?
Anyone surprised by now?
...oh but not PROLIX! He'll claim that Obama blamed Britain for spying on Bush's laundry or some other such BS deflection.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-03-19 05:22 PM | Reply

If these --------- feel beholden to Russia and RT, why don't they uproot and live in Russia, then?

#14 | Posted by BingyBunny at 2017-03-19 08:04 PM | Reply

Trump loves the conspiracy theories because it plays well with the morons that support him.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-20 07:12 AM | Reply

It is a good thing that purveyors of fake news like Napolitano are being exposed. His attempt to get Johnson to speak to the NY Times indicates that Napolitano is getting some blow back for his comments. Hannity was also mentioned as a source for repeating the claim that Obama authorized the wiretapping of Trump Tower. Hannity also needs to feel the heat of quoting (aka hiding behind) fake news sources.

#16 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-03-20 09:47 AM | Reply

NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers agreed Monday that it was "utterly ridiculous" to allege that his agency's British counterpart, GCHQ, helped former President Barack Obama eavesdrop on Donald Trump during the election. During a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election, ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) asked Rogers about the veracity of those reports, which GCHQ has dismissed as "nonsense." Rogers said no such thing occurred, and that "it would be expressly against the construct of the Five Eyes [intelligence] agreement that's been in place for decades" to ask the United Kingdom to help spy on American civilians.

The NSA head said that both he and FBI Director James Comey have found "no evidence" to support Trump's wiretapping allegation. "Our relationship with the British intelligence is one of the closest with all foreign services," Schiff said. "Isn't that true? "Yes, sir," Rogers replied.

"Our British allies have called the President's suggestion that they wiretapped him for Obama 'nonsense' and 'utterly ridiculous,'" Schiff followed up. "Would you agree?" "Yes, sir," Rogers said.

After failing to produce evidence to support his bombshell allegations about Obama having his "wires tapped," the President and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer have both pointed to a Fox News commentator's remarks about GCHQ allegedly spying on Trump (the network later said it could not confirm that commentator's reporting).

Schiff asked if those false accusations "damage our relationship with one of our closest intelligence partners." Rogers said he believed the U.S.-U.K. partnership was "strong enough" to weather this storm, but that it "clearly frustrates a key ally of ours" and is unhelpful.

talkingpointsmemo.com

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-03-20 12:12 PM | Reply

"I heard it on Fox" is as ridiculous as "if its on the internet, it must be true".

#18 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-03-20 12:57 PM | Reply

Yes!!! Looks like Napolitano is MIA.

money.cnn.com

Hopefully they are looking for a replacement for Hannity!

#19 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-03-20 11:42 PM | Reply

#19

Well, at least Fox News is taking more responsibility for the damage wrought by one of their employee's use of disreputable "news" than is the actual POTUS himself who ignorantly repeated said garbage in the first place.

I think we've identified who actually has the President's ear compared to all the other official US intelligence agencies that obviously don't enjoy the same level of credibility within this White House.

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-03-21 06:18 AM | Reply

...than is the actual POTUS himself who ignorantly repeated said garbage in the first place.

Trump is trying to repeat the "magic" that launched his political career by targeting Obama. He probably realizes that it was a mistake to do so but can't figure out a way of backing off without losing face. In any event, it appeals to his (shrinking) base.

President Trump is no different than a lot of republicans that deny science (i.e. global warming) because to do so would require that they take policy positions contrary to their ideological beliefs or financial backers. Similarly, the information coming into president Trump from his intelligence officers conflicts with his world view and therefore must be ignored.

#21 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-03-21 08:00 AM | Reply

Lying is the CIA's science, integral to their numerous wars.

#22 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-03-21 12:29 PM | Reply

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