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Fox News host Tucker Carlson was trying to get an interview with Vladimir Putin, report says

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the NSA had been spying on him

Tucker Carlson in New York.
Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio on March 2, 2017, in New York.
Richard Drew, Associated Press

Fox News host Tucker Carlson may have been communicating with U.S.-based Kremlin intermediaries to secure an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Axios reports.

  • Carlson reportedly sought the interview just before the Fox News host said on his show that the National Security Agency had been spying on him.

Unnamed senior officials told Axios that the U.S. government learned Carlson was trying to secure an interview. Carlson then accused the NSA of spying on him after he learned that the U.S. government had heard about the interview.

Did Carlson respond to the report?

Carlson responded to the Axios report in a statement to Axios:

  • “As I’ve said repeatedly, because it’s true, the NSA read my emails, and then leaked their contents. That’s an outrage, as well as illegal.”

A Fox News spokesperson told Axios that its network champions “any of our hosts pursuing interviews and stories free from government interference.”

What did Tucker Carlson say about the NSA?

Per Yahoo News, Carlson said on his June 28 show that the NSA “is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.”

  • He said on the show that a source “repeated back to us information about a story we are working on that could have only come directly from my tests and emails. There’s no other possible source for that information. Period.”
  • “It’s illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens,” Carlson said, according to Business Insider. “Things like that should not happen in America. But unfortunately, they do happen. And in this case, they did happen.”

The NSA denied the accusation.