The Guardian has released an explosive new report that claims that 7 US allies had discovered ties between Donald Trump’s team and Russia as long ago as 2015. The report claims that British spy agency GCHQ was the “primary whistle-blower,” with further evidence coming from Germany, Estonia, Poland, Australia, The Netherlands and France.
None of these countries were targeting Trump specifically for monitoring, despite what Trump has falsely claimed. This is a result of members of Trump’s team communicating with Russians who were already being monitored as part of routine counterintelligence operations.
Former GCHQ chief Sir Richard Dearlove remarked on Thursday that Trump’s claim that they were spying on him on behalf of President Obama was “simply deeply embarrassing for Trump and the administration. The only possible explanation is that Trump started tweeting without understanding how the NSA-GCHQ relationship actually works.”
From the report:
The Guardian has been told the FBI and the CIA were slow to appreciate the extensive nature of contacts between Trump’s team and Moscow ahead of the US election. This was in part due to US law that prohibits US agencies from examining the private communications of American citizens without warrants. “They are trained not to do this,” the source stressed.
“It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep,” the source added. “They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.’
“The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’”
Sounds like our intelligence agencies were had by Trump and Russia, and the rest of us are paying the price.