by Our London Correspondent
( April 14, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is reported that “British spies were the first to notice last year that Donald Trump’s team had links with Russians.”
This matter has become highly sensitive, with various parties involved.
White House Press Secretary claimed the British spying agency GCHQ had carried out bugging citing a report on Fox News, which Fox denied and said was unsubstantiated.
This has also prompted an unusual rebuke from GCHQ, which generally refrains from commenting on all intelligence matters.
The whole episode started with Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer who accused Trump of cooperating with President Putin. Both have dismissed the dossier as “fake”.
The story won’t go away as US and Britain are part of the “Five Eyes” agreement along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand which calls for open sharing among members nations of a broad range of intelligence.
It is also known that to avoid duplication of “information” by various agencies, jobs are generally selective, if not allocated.
It is also known that electronic intelligence known as “sigint” from Europe and around the world is regularly passed intercept to US.
Besides, European allies, it is reported in the Times, were supplying information about people close to Trump meeting with Russians in Britain, Netherlands and other countries in Europe.
There are now multiple investigations going on in Washington into Trump campaign officials and Russia. They include the FBI counter espionage and investigations by both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
US law prohibits US agencies from examining the private communications of US citizens without warrants. But there is nothing stopping them from outsourcing this
It was not US which was sleeping, or that US intelligence “was very late to the game.”
It was also not in Russia’s interest to be covertly meeting Donald Trump Agents in European cities, knowing that well before the Presidential election Obama Administration had encircled the eastern flank of Russia with additional troops.