The National Security Agency
issued a statement on Tuesday refuting Tucker Carlson
's claims that the agency was monitoring his communications in order to cancel his show.
Carlson claimed on Monday's episode of his Fox News
show "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that he'd heard from an unnamed government whistleblower about an alleged plan to leak his communications in order to get his show off the air.
“We have confirmed that the Biden administration
on us,” he stated.
“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,” the NSA said in a statement posted on social media
It went on to say that the agency has a foreign intelligence mission and is not allowed to target Americans without a court order:
The NSA issued the following statement in response to recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg — NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
Carlson, who has spread COVID-19
and election disinformation
, white supremacist talking points, conspiracy
theories about the Jan. 6 insurgency, and once encouraged viewers to call child services on parents whose children
wore face masks
, pushed back against the statement during his show Tuesday night.
His remarks were met with some skepticism online, owing in part to his history
of spreading lies
and his own network's silence on the subject.
Fox News did not issue an official statement about his claims, and as Mediaite pointed out, the network's other programs did not cover it, nor did Fox News respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.
Erik Wemple, a media critic for the Washington Post
, wondered if Carlson was "perhaps trying to get ahead of an embarrassing news cycle or two."
Earlier this month, it was revealed that phone records of reporters from The Washington Post, CNN
, and The New York Times
were secretly seized as part of a leak investigation
by the Trump administration
's Justice Department