In a Wednesday interview with the Press TV, Ian Williams said that the GCHQ could have not spied on Trump in 2016 because if it did, the agency could end up having huge troubles due to the political nature of the case and also the fact that it could have been used to prove the intelligence system’s hostility against former President Barakc Obama.
“I really don’t think that they would risk the political sensitivity by trailing US candidate at the time. I very much doubt it,” said Williamson, adding, “Because for a start, I suspect that intelligence establishment was almost instinctively anti-Obama. They wouldn’t have done it in his behest.”
“GCHQ does spy on American citizens. It’s one of the big virtues of it,” said, adding, “US agencies are by law forbidden from spying on Americans. However, they have the agreement with GCHQ which spies on US citizens and residents.”
He said the British eavesdropping apparatus is known for carrying out important espionage operations at UK request, including one affecting former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
The expert said the accusation raised by Trump should be viewed as an unsubstantiated and baseless claim like many other allegations he and his team have made over the past years.
“So overall I don’t think this is at all likely. I think it’s another fever dream of Trump supporters who make the wildest accusations without any substantiation as you know,” he said.