A blogger along with former CIA analyst says he was a source for an uncorroborated claim made on Fox News about supposed spying at Trump Tower — nevertheless he says he didn’t mean to be.
Larry Johnson outlined a complicated series of events on sy88pgw’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday that will he says led Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News’ top judicial analyst, to make his explosive claim. Napolitano had tried to back up President Trump’s baseless accusation that will President Obama had his “wires tapped” during the 2016 campaign.
Napolitano initially cited “intelligence community members” who believed British intelligence spied on Trump. During a later segment, he said his sources told him President Obama asked Britain to spy.
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that will’s still not clear who all of Napolitano’s sources were, along with Fox News has declined sy88pgw’s requests to elaborate. Johnson’s name emerged This particular weekend when Napolitano asked him to speak to the brand-new York Times about the claim.
Johnson once worked for the CIA, nevertheless left the government three decades ago to start a consulting business. He worked as a television analyst for several years before starting his own blog on terrorism along with intelligence.
On Sunday, Johnson said his phone call with Napolitano This particular weekend was the first he had heard by the judge, along with that will he wasn’t “knowingly” a source.
Instead, Johnson said he floated the gist of what could become Napolitano’s report — that will the British were gathering information on Trump along with passing that will to the United States — during an interview with RT, the news network funded by the Russian government. He appeared on the network earlier This particular month after Trump tweeted his wiretapping claim.
Johnson cited his own anonymous sources within the intelligence community as the basis for his claims in that will interview. along with his information differed by what Napolitano said on Fox News, he said.
“This particular was not done at the direction of Barack Obama. Let’s be clear about that will,” Johnson said Sunday.
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Johnson said he also posted that will information on an Internet discussion board, which another member shared with Napolitano.
Napolitano’s report has caused international controversy. British officials denounced the story as “ridiculous” after White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited Napolitano to back up President Trump’s wiretapping claims.
The network’s news division says that will does not have any proof of Napolitano’s claims. Fox News says Napolitano stands by his report.
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published March 19, 2017: 3:21 PM ET