Fox News host Tucker Carlson told Glen Beck he was “scared” when he found out the National Security Agency was watching his communications.
Carlson told his viewers that the NSA was “monitoring our electronic communications” and “planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air” at the end of June.
Though the notoriously tight-lipped agency denied the allegations, claiming that the Fox Host “has never been an intelligence target,” an Axios report alleged that the government had found out Carlson was trying to set up an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and was communicating with stateside Kremlin intermediaries to make it happen.
“I was in Washington for a funeral. I moved out of Washington after 35 years, I didn’t have much choice. And I was back. I ran into a very old, very close friend of mine who said, ‘let’s get together, and talk about something.’ Who said, in person, ‘you’re planning this trip to Russia,’ he recalled when he found out the NSA was monitoring his emails.
“And I said, well, I haven’t told anyone that. So I don’t know how you would know. Because — and then this person told me, that the NSA had been reading my electronic communications,” he said Wednesday. “ My texts and emails. And had unmasked me. And was going to spread this to news organizations, to suggest that I was somehow a disloyal American.”
“And it actually scared me,” he admitted to Beck. “I’m not normally rattled by stuff. But that’s so over the top.”
Carlson received counsel from an anonymous U.S. senator, who told him to go public “as a self-defense move,” which he felt pressured to do.
“I felt like kind of a lunatic,” Carlson continued. “You don’t want to go on TV — would you want to go on the air and say, they’re spying on me? No. You sound like a nutcase. But I didn’t feel like I had a choice.”