White House Makes Formal Apology To Britain Over Spying Accusation

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Just hours after the furious British spy agency slammed the White House for Sean Spicer's claim, made first on Tuesday by Fox News' judge Andrew Napolitano, that the UK's spy agency GCHQ had helped Trump spy on Obama, calling it claim "utterly ridiculous", the US has made a formal apology to Britain, the Telegraph and Sky News reported.

Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. "The apology came direct from them," a source said.  General McMaster contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister's National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments. Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain's US ambassador.

Sky News adds that the White House has assured UK Prime Minister Theresa May that it will not repeat claims that GCHQ spied on Donald Trump, a spokesman for Downing 10 said.

"We've made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we've received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated," the spokesman told reporters. "We have a close special relationship with the White House and that allows us to raise concerns as and when they arise as was true in this case."

The spokesman added that it would be impossible for GCHQ to spy on Mr Trump as both countries are members of the Five Eyes alliance - a joint intelligence co-operation agreement which also includes Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

 

"I would add, just as a matter of fact, with the Five Eyes pact, we cannot use each other's capabilities to circumvent laws," he said. "It's a situation that simply wouldn't arise."

As we reported earlier this morning, the GCHQ had dismissed the allegations that British spies had helped Barack Obama eavesdrop on Mr Trump during the presidential campaign as "utterly ridiculous".

The original accusation was made by US media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano, and was then repeated by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

 

Mr Spicer spoke out after the US Congress rejected Mr Trump's claim that the Obama administration "tapped his wires" before the election. He said the president "stands by" his claim, but no evidence has yet been produced to back it up. Mr Spicer identified a report on Fox News as the source of the allegation, saying that three intelligence sources had informed the broadcaster that President Obama went outside the chain of command.

 

"He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ," said Mr Spicer.

The intelligence organisation took the unusual step of responding by saying: "Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then president-elect are nonsense. "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored."

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froze25's picture

When its over the Poop will of had hit the fan and let the games officially begin. If the Brits did spy on Trump it's not as if they would admit to it so unless some evidence is produced who knows.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

How can Trump accuse US and British intelligence of spying, while ignoring ACTUAL EVIDENCE of Russians spying on Americans, including top US officials like John Podesta! Release the rest of your tax returns, Trump! WHAT ARE YOU HIDING??

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froze25's picture

Funny that the Chinese get busted hacking and spying all the time but the MSM doesn't give a rats ass about that.

Logan 5's picture

Scaramanga must have sent a 4.2mm golden bullet to the White House with Trump's name on it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So now we know where the real power lay; not in DC, but in London.

tmosley's picture

>We would never do that.

>That would be illegal.

Where have I heard that one before?

NoDebt's picture

Now I'm really interested in seeing what Trump's "proof" will be that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.  It wasn't any US intel service (House and Senate intel committees said so), it wasn't the Brits ((the WH has now conceded that) so I guess nobody made those recordings, right?

Trump better bring the goods on this.

 

TwelveOhOne's picture

Made by Billy's friend "Not Me".

jus_lite_reading's picture

Someone needs to ask OBAMA how and WHY he spied on Angela Merkel and several others then if we're all friends of the FIVE EYES

This is complete bullshit. Of course they are going to lie.

Occident Mortal's picture

"Just hours after the furious British spy agency slammed the White House for Sean Spicer's claim, made first on Tuesday by Fox News' judge Andrew Napolitano, that the UK's spy agency GCHQ had helped Trump spy on Obama, calling it claim "utterly ridiculous", the US has made a formal apology to Britain, the Telegraph and Sky News reported."

Helped who spy on who????

Pinto Currency's picture

" The spokesman added that it would be impossible for GCHQ to spy on Mr Trump as both countries are members of the Five Eyes alliance - a joint intelligence co-operation agreement which also includes Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

"I would add, just as a matter of fact, with the Five Eyes pact, we cannot use each other's capabilities to circumvent laws," he said. "It's a situation that simply wouldn't arise." "

WHAT A PILE OF BULLSHIT.

Canadian State Spies on Its Own Citizens and Lies About It
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKrjQTHEFDM

Canada’s intelligence service asked foreign agencies to spy on Canadians
https://www.rt.com/news/canada-foreign-spying-mosley-647/

SimplePrinciple's picture

It is semantics.  The vigorous denials all use the word "wiretapping" without elaboration.  Trump, though, has made it clear he used the term to include other types of monitoring.

Smufty's picture

OMG! A Zero Hedge comment chain where no Trumptard has said it yet!!! Pizzagate! PIZZAGATE! PIZZAGATE!

Bwahahahahaha!

http://kfor.com/2017/03/16/oklahoma-state-senator-ralph-shortey-charged-...

 

Dr. Acula's picture

Hmm... so did the 17-year old have a fake ID saying he was 18?

 

Ferrari's picture

As did the fellow who wrote the Burning Bush's (NYT's) headline for January 20, 2017, it deserves to be repeated.

Scuba Steve's picture

You are kidding right? 5000 pounds of CYA going on all over the place on this 1.

The little kenyan monkey king needs to get KO'd in the fifth.

Sir Jacob protecting his pet monkey and his little secret army ... pretty obvious now who Ryan works for too.

Utah_Get_Me_2's picture

Funny how the Senate Intelligence committee stated unequivocally that Trump was not spied on... They are terrified and don't want to reintroduce what Snowden revealed to the dumbed down America public.. that the NSA/CIA with Google, et al.. are spying on the entire planet, 24/7/365. They will stop at nothing to protect the panopticon they've created. 

cheech_wizard's picture

It was Montenegro, at least according to all my unnamed, unidentified, unknown agency sources.

HockeyFool's picture

I can't imagine Trump walking this back. The whores in the press will eat him alive. He's got something up his sleeve.

Mikeyy's picture

He's got nothing up his sleeves.  What's it gonna take for you guys to understand Trump is not some 11 dimensional chess playing genius?

 

He's just too dumb to figure out that Fox news is just a bunch of lying dumbasses.

lucitanian's picture

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks"

Why should the Whitehorse apologize if it's just another TV commentator speculating?

"Sky News adds that the White House has assured UK Prime Minister Theresa May that it will not repeat claims that GCHQ spied on Donald Trump, a spokesman for Downing 10 said."

So, the Whitehorse controls the media?

"We have a close special relationship with the White House and that allows us to raise concerns as and when they arise as was true in this case."

That means we do favors for Trump or Obama, whoever's there to ask!

You cannot prove we are lying so we can lie adamantly and with abject horror of indignation at the implication that GCHQ would break the law, when it was most probably them organizing the spying on Angela Merkel, on the behest of the US and shred the results.

No, spies don't lie! Nor do governments! What bullshit!

But they've agreed to put a joint face of solidarity on the whole thing. And so it should pass away in the normal news cycle....

fourZero's picture

The burden of proof lies with Hair Gropenfuhrer, who made the claims in the first place.

Krungle's picture

Appparently just the stuff that Spicer reviewed at length yesterday--repeated reports of wiretapping by the NYT that was leaked to them, and the actual FISA warrant. And, gee, maybe the fact that anyone even knows that the server in Trump Tower is pinging Russian banks. The evidence is right in front of everyone, but it doesn't matter. They're all hung up on semantic hairsplitting "but Obama didn't actually order it himself, and it wasn't technically wiretapping..." 

In any event, one should never apologize to the British. I don't recall them apologizing for the golden shower dossier. And since we already know based on that they are not above sticking their noses in our business still, who's to say they didn't do it again? I'd ask for proof that they didn't, not just take their word for it. After all, the American empire learned to lie from the British...

Socratic Dog's picture

He just brought the goods.  This sort of arm-waving denial by the Brits is as good as a confirmation.

If there really are chess moves  going on in the background here, if hard proof of tapping is now produced then the CIA was ignoring the 5-nations stuff, and it's goodnight CIA.  Or war.  Or something.

I don't have a lot of faith left that the Big Guy is playing chess.  I pray that he is.

Edit: one of the links I followed below (British newspaper) mentioned that MI5 and MI6 are not controlled by GCHQ.  So this denial says nothing about them.  That's like the MSM reporting that the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Dept denies spying on Trump.  Well, OK, so what?

 

Joe Davola's picture

...that the UK's spy agency GCHQ had helped Trump spy on Obama...

Is this a Jedi mind trick?

curbjob's picture

Hahaha ..  yessir !  you are indeed the yogi master of CG.

You should start your own blog.

Winston Churchill's picture

You didn't know Breton Woods was merely the changing of the palace guards , not the PTB ?

dexter_morgan's picture

Well, the Rothschilds are based there after all.

sister tika's picture

The real power is The City of London. Whenever the Queen is present in 'The City', she must bow to the Mayor of 'The City' to show fealty.

mrbyrite's picture

If Mr LaRouche is forced to issue a formal apology then it will be confirmed

mc888's picture

revealing our age a bit here?

great flick.

 

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Oh please, EVERYONE KNOWS that RUSSIA is the threat, not China! Grow up! Seriously, do you even watch the news??

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Oh, I like this new MDB. Much more confrontational and willing to scrum. /sarc

BuckWild's picture

We read the real news. You watch the fake news. That is why we know what is happening, and you think you know what is happening! You need to take that Latino rage out on your TV it is the one deceiving you!

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

"Fake news" like The Atlantic and New York Times? LOL, you are so uneduated it's hilarious! You probably don't even realize that Russia hacked our election. Seriously, go read a couple of articles in The Atlantic, and maybe I'll take you seriously. I have a degree in Critical Race Theory from Portland Comunity College, and you probably don't even have a college education, LOL! 

Miskondukt's picture

Trolls will be trolls, always saying the most retarded things to try and stir people up. Be gone, my dog's shit is more intelligent than you. 

Chris Dakota's picture

"Yes your honor, we have a lot of buffers."

gonetogalt's picture

Now that right there is some tongue-in-cheek funny shit.

Scuba Steve's picture

So your first take-it-up-the-ass experience was in Portland?

fourZero's picture

The OG MDB was far more subtle.  

Socratic Dog's picture

On this board, an associates degree from a community college, yes, even Portland Community College, carries about as much weight as a PhD from the ivy league.  Maybe more.  Which isn't much, admittedly.

cheech_wizard's picture

Oh please, EVERYONE KNOWS that MillionDollarBonus is an accredited asswipe.


Cognizant Millennial's picture

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IT WAS THE FUCKING RUSSIANS I KNEW IT!

farflungstar's picture

hell no we can't even make them the bad guys in any movies - mustn't offend one of our largest creditors.

You show some respect loundeye!