The National Security Agency issued a statement on Tuesday after Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed the agency had been spying on his personal communications and attempting to get him removed from the airwaves.
“This allegation is untrue,” the agency’s statement read.
“Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.”
A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
The statement added, “We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States. With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting.”
Carlson said on Monday, according to the Washington Examiner, “Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy.”
He added, “If they are doing it to us, and again, they are definitely doing it to us, they are almost certainly doing it to others. This is scary, and we need to stop it right away.”
Carlson noted the agency’s statement did not deny they had monitored him. The ongoing rift reveals a deep level of distrust between journalists and government agencies.