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Rand Paul Requests Probe Into Allegations NSA Spied On Tucker Carlson

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is requesting the director of the National Security Agency conduct an investigation into Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s claims that the agency has been spying on him. 

“Mr. Carlson is a journalist, who currently hosts the popular news program Tucker Carlson Tonight, and as such he is to be afforded the freedom of the press protections guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Paul said in a letter to Gen. Paul Nakasone. “As you are undoubtedly aware, Mr. Carlson recently alleged on his television show that the NSA not only read his private emails relating to his attempt to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin, but also that the NSA unmasked his identity and leaked his private emails, which identified him by name, to others in the press.”

In a rare response, the NSA denied Carlson’s claims after he first went public with them in late June.

“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 agency said in a statement late last month. “NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. 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.” 

Paul said he is “open-minded enough” to believe, if given convincing evidence, that the NSA “may be telling the truth” about if it had monitored the host’s private communication. 

“But when a long train of abuses conducted by the NSA evinces a consistent design to evade the law and violate the constitutionally-protected liberties of the people, the… (Read more)

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