Donald Trump leveled the explosive allegation that Barack Obama had ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower during the election.
The media, of course, has been furiously denying there is any evidence of this claim.
But one ex-CIA agent just made explosive comments about the Obama administration spying on Trump.
Larry Johnson is a former CIA agent and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism.
Writing on his blog, Johnson said Trump was technically inaccurate to say Obama ordered the spying.
However, Johnson does say he believes Trump is correct in that Obama was aware of the spying and would have given the green light to pass around intelligence gathered from unconstitutional surveillance.
“Neither Barack Obama nor anyone at the “WHITE HOUSE” ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. That is true. Ask a different question and ask it under oath. In fact, ask several questions:
Was Barack Obama ever informed that senior leaders of his Intelligence Community had received information collected by British intelligence sources that provided information on Donald Trump and members of his campaign team?
Did Barack Obama give the greenlight for this material to be used in ways that fall outside the legal boundaries?
Did Barack Obama or any members of his senior team ever discuss how to take steps to prevent Donald Trump from taking the oath of office?
If this questions are asked, and asked under oath, there is a very good chance that the answer to each would be yes.”
Johnson also appeared on Russia Today and claimed members within the law enforcement and intelligence communities coordinated with British intelligence to gather information on Trump to leak to the press.
You can watch Johnson’s interview below:
Johnson goes on to write how the intercepted communications were acquired and passed along to the Obama administration, then were selectively leaked in order to try and defeat Trump:
“Let me try to help you understand what is really going on with the wiretapping claim. As I noted in my previous piece (Barack Obama’s Lawyer Lies About Spying on Trump), Trump’s phrasing was wrong and misleading. I do not know if any U.S. Government entity got permission to conduct direct or indirect electronic surveillance on Trump and his associates. But I do know for certain that t least some of the “intercepted communications” were done by foreign entities and that this was done with the knowledge of Obama Administration officials. Don’t take my word for it. Let’s turn to the New York Times:
American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.
How did that information get from the British and the Dutch to us? The Brits and the Dutch only have two types of info that we would want and they can give us–Signals intelligence (i.e., electronic surveillance) and Human intelligence. That information is passed normally through liaison channels. What does that mean? It goes from a British intelligence officer to an American intelligence officer. If you are an U.S. intelligence officer and you receive information regarding a U.S. Presidential candidate or a member of his team then you do not sit on that. You pass that information up the chain of command. And who ultimately gets that info? People like Jim Clapper and John Brennan. And do you believe that they kept Barack Obama uninformed?”
Johnson believes Obama permitted his supporters to obtain information on Donald Trump using foreign intelligence services and then leak them to the press in order to defeat Trump as a candidate.
And when that failed, it was designed to force him to quit before taking the oath of office.