A former NSA official is backing up President Donald Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped.
The veteran, who has been a longtime whistleblower laid out some interesting facts for his conclusions.
From U.S. News:
President Donald Trump is “absolutely right” to claim he was wiretapped and monitored, a former NSA official claimed Monday, adding that the administration risks falling victim to further leaks if it continues to run afoul of the intelligence community.
“I think the president is absolutely right. His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored,” Bill Binney, a 36-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business on Monday. Everyone’s conversations are being monitored and stored, Binney said.
Binney wasn’t the only one backing up Trump’s claim. Former Bush AG Michael Mukasey also defended Trump saying he believed he had in fact been surveilled.
Binney seemed to go further than the assessment of former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a George W. Bush administration official, who offered a tacit defense of Trump to ABC on Sunday.
“This is the difference between being correct and right,” Mukasey said. “The president was not correct in saying President Obama ordered a tap on a server in Trump Tower. However, I think he’s right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general – at the Justice Department through the FISA court.”
But Binney went there and said Trump being wiretapped didn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with the FISA court or the server.
The judges on the FISA court are “not even concerned, nor are they involved in any way with the Executive Order 12333 collection,” Binney said during the radio interview. “That’s all done outside of the courts. And outside of the Congress.” […]
“That’s not the main collection program for NSA,” Binney said.
Binney points to the conversations with the presidents of Australia and Mexico as key evidence.
“I think that’s what happened here,” Binney told Fox. “The evidence of the conversation of the president of the U.S., President Trump, and the [prime minister] of Australia and the president of Mexico. Releasing those conversations. Those are conversations that are picked up by the FAIRVIEW program, primarily, by NSA.”
Binney said the release of those conversations is evidence the intelligence community is “playing hardball with Trump.”
It’s also obvious evidence of surveillance that at the very least captured Trump communications. Whether it was aimed at him particularly is not clear.
It also was axiomatically an illegal leak by someone with intent to undermine him.