Den tidligere CIA-agenten Larry Johnson sier det stemmer at den britiske overvåkingssentralen GCHQ avlyttet Trump og ga informasjonen til amerikanerne. Sjefen for CIA, John Brennan og nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver, Jim Clapper var klar over det.
Men ikke Obama. Det var ikke presidenten som personlig ga ordren. Ellers stemmer påstandene eks-dommer Andrew Napolitano kom med på Fox News.
Larry Johnson var en av kildene til Andrew Napolitano. Han valgte å stå frem, både overfor Russia Today og til CNN. CNNs Brian Stelter ser ikke ut til å ha vært forberedt på at Johnson skulle bekrefte storyen om britenes rolle.
STELTER: [laughing] “Let me ask you about this thing.”
STELTER: “So, my sense is that on Monday, Napolitano says this on TV, he says he has Intel sources who believe this is true. You’re saying you were one of those sources, but you didn’t know Napolitano was going to use you like that?”
JOHNSON: “Well, apparently what happened was I communicated, when Donald Trump tweeted what he did on Saturday two weeks ago, the next day I was interviewed on Russia Today. I had known about the fact that the British, through GHCQ were information back channel. This was not at the direction of Barack Obama, let’s be clear about that. But it was being done with the full knowledge of people like John Brennan and Jim Clapper. I have been told this by two different people I know within the intelligence community in January. They were very concerned about this because they saw it as an unfair meddling in the politics, but it was a way to get around the issue of American intelligence agencies not collecting.”
STELTER: “To be clear, you have this secondhand? So, you didn’t get this information directly, you’re hearing from others.”
JOHNSON: “I’m hearing it from people who are in a position to know, that’s correct.”
FBI-sjef James Comey skal i en ny Kongress-høring som vil bli bak lukkede dører. Men skulle han bekrefte at Trump ble avlyttet, slik komiteformann Devin Nunes, har sagt, vil det nok raskt lekke ut.
Avlyttingen har potensiale til å endre synet på Obama og hans team som the good guys som ikke hadde noen skandale.