Treat Tucker Carlson’s NSA Snooping Claims Seriously, but Not Literally

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Toward the end of June, Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson made a remarkable on-air claim: He told viewers that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been reading his emails and planned to leak the contents in order to try to get his show off the air. He said a ‘whistleblower within the U.S. government’ told him about the plan. If the claim were true in the exact way that Carlson said it, this would be an outrageous abuse of the NSA’s power. The job of the NSA is to monitor foreign intelligence to track down spies and terrorists, not snoop on American journalists. The NSA’s response was pretty lackluster and didn’t exactly close the door on the possibility that there was a kernel of truth in Carlson’s claims.” (07/08/21)