Wikileaks is wading into the Donald Trump wiretap controversy, providing numerous instances of former President Obama’s “tapping and hacking.” Following the President’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, Wikileaks reminded everyone of Obama’s “history” of the practice.
In a tweet, Wikileaks seemed to lend credence to President Trump’s claim that former President Obama tapped his phones.
Here is the tweet.
In February, Wikileaks published extensive proof of wiretaps the United States government conducted of foreign entities and world leaders. The document dump was largely ignored by the mainstream media when it was published several weeks ago. It takes on new significance with the new Wikileaks tweet about Obama’s history of wiretaps. The implication Wikileaks makes is clear: if the government was so quick to wiretap allies and rivals overseas, tapping Donald Trump would not be a stretch at all.
Today, 23 February 2016 WikiLeaks publishes highly classified documents showing that the US National Security Agency bugged a private climate change strategy meeting; between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; singled out the Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting his Swiss phone; singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, and targetted his Swiss phone for long term interception; stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama, who was refusing to talk to Netanyahu; intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines to stop the US “extort[ing]” them at the WTO Doha arounds (the talks subsequently collapsed); explicitly targetted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception, including their French, Austrian and Belgium phone numbers; explicitly targetted the phones of Italy’s ambassador to NATO and other top Italian officials for long term interception; and intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berluscon, where the latter was told the Italian banking system was ready to “pop like a cork”.
Some of the intercepts are classified TOP-SECRET COMINT-GAMMA and are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media organization.
Officials who served in the Obama administration deny any wiretaps took place. FBI director James Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly deny President Trump’s allegations.
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