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On Monday Carlson, a long-time critic of President Joe Biden, said a government whistle-blower had told him the NSA was monitoring him for "political reasons". The NSA denied he was a "target", saying it deals with foreign threats. Fox News has not commented publicly on its host's claim. In response to a question about Carlson's comments, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said the NSA "focuses on foreign threats and individuals who are attempting to do us harm on foreign soil". The NSA, together with the Central Security Service, is responsible for intercepting and protecting electronic communications on behalf of the US government, and has a broad cyber security remit.
During a segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight - one of America's most popular programmes - Carlson said he was convinced by the alleged whistle-blower because they had information about an ongoing story "that could have only come directly from my texts and s".
He accused the agency of "planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air", and said Fox News had filed a freedom of information request "for all information that the NSA and other agencies have gathered about this show". A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic. But on his show on Tuesday, Carlson said this was "infuriatingly dishonest" and attacked the White House for failing to issue a denial.
He recalled several unsuccessful attempts to speak on the phone with the NSA's director, General Paul Nakasone, who he said was "highly political" and "left-wing".
NSA officials refuse to say," said Carlson. The NSA's work came under scrutiny in recent years after its surveillance of US telephone records was exposed by former contractor Edward Snowden in Last year, the US Court of Appeals ruled that the programme was illegal. Carlson has also come under the spotlight.
Earlier this year, senior US military leaders condemned him for criticising measures to support women in the armed forces. The Fox show host was also criticised in after audio recordings emerged of him defending child marriage and making sexual comments about underage girls.
Snowden criticises Amazon for ex-NSA hiring. Fox host criticised for 'feminine' military tirade.
Fox host under fire for misogynistic audio. The NSA issued its own response on Twitter. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
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