After weeks of speculation at the highest level within US Intelligence and Security circles, GCHQ has finally issued an official denial over claims that it was in any way involved in the alleged wiretapping of President Donald Trump. In a statement published under banner headlines on the Guardian website at 07.37 GMT, a spokesperson for GCHQ issued a stern rebuttal of the allegations, which they attributed to the Senior Judicial Analyst for the Fox News Channel, Judge Andrew Peter Napolitano. “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.” Nearly five hours later, at 12.15 GMT, the Independent newspaper reported that the White House had issued an undertaking that there would be no further repetition of the allegations, in an endeavour to ‘avoid a major diplomatic row’; according to the newspaper’s Political Editor Joe Watts.
The denial has since been reiterated by former Tory Secretary of State for Defence Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who spoke live on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World at One‘ program less than three hours ago. In an interview with Mark Mardell of the BBC, Rifkind said ‘The Whitehouse needs to make it clear that they do not have and have never had any evidence, evidence that suggests GCHQ or any British involvement in these matters was ever justified.’ He then went on to add that as far as he was concerned the apology that has been issued thus far is by no means sincere enough. ‘According to the reports I have seen the wording of the apology is a promise that it will not be repeated again. That is not the same as saying that it was complete rubbish in the first place.’ Elsewhere in the interview he referred to the allegations as ‘always a fantasy’ and ‘quite bizarre’, whilst simultaneously failing to mention that the so called ‘Dodgy Dossier’, which has caused so much trouble for the Buzzfeed web site in recent months, had emanated from a former employee of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, an organization that has worked extremely closely with GCHQ since the organization was first set up during World War One as the Government Code and Cypher School.
Although Rifkind’s words may have some credibility in mainstream media circles on both sides of the Atlantic, as was pointed out in an earlier article on this website, he himself was forced to resign as Chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee in the wake of the so called ‘Cash for Access’ scandal back in 2015. As will also be noted from our previous article, the Intelligence and Security Committee, which he headed between 6 July 2010 and 24 February 2015, has close ties to ‘Le Cercle’, an organization described in another earlier article on this website as another covert power group of the West akin to the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group. Regular readers of Distract the Media will also have noted that we have also compared the workings of ‘Le Cercle’ to those of the equally covert anti-communist extra-governmental network Gladio.
Of further relevance perhaps is the fact that although the allegations are being referred to in the mainstream media as having first appeared on March 14th, courtesy of Fox News, they actually surfaced on March 7th on The Real News Network’s Wilkerson Report: a regular feature of TRNN’s news and current affairs roster, which comprises up to the minute discussions about military and security related issues between Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the journalist, filmmaker, and founder and CEO of The Real News Network, Paul Jay. In an interview and conversation piece entitled ‘Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly’, first broadcast via the TRNN website ten days ago, Larry Wilkerson described the possible scenario as follows:
‘There are a number of events that have occurred in the last 96 hours or so that lead me to believe that maybe even the Democratic party, whatever element of it, approached John Brennan at the CIA, maybe even the former president of the United States. And John Brennan, not wanting his fingerprints to be on anything, went to his colleague in London GCHQ, MI6 and essentially said, “Give me anything you’ve got.” And he got something and he turned it over to the DNC or to someone like that. And what he got was GHCQ MI6’s tapes of conversations of the Trump administration perhaps, even the President himself.’ When asked by Paul Jay as to whether or not this hypothesis was just a theory, or whether there was some kind of evidence, Wilkerson responded by telling TRNN that this was a theory that was ‘making its way around some in the intelligence community right now’ because of ‘the relationship between the CIA’ and London.
So, contrary to what the the mainstream media, and the BBC in particular, would have us believe, the story did not originate with Fox News. It did in fact originate with a small Baltimore based news agency that relies for the most part on small scale donations from its subscribers, many of whom, like its journalists, are drawn from those elements within the local and wider communities who are completely unrepresented by the mainstream media. Keep up the good work TRNN and stay on course with the unbiased reporting untainted by corporate advertising or billionaire ownership.
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