Trump warned former FBI Director James Comey about potential tapes he had of recorded conversations between the two of them. He would later admit that he had no such tapes at all, and he said that to just to keep Comey honest during testimony.
However, NSA whistleblower William Binney has revealed that it is almost a certainty such tapes do exist — to the surprise of everyone. (via Breitbart)
Binney is a legendary, former NSA agent, who was considered to be the architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He spent over 30 years in the agency and resigned after the events of 9/11, believing that the agency’s data-gathering was inefficient, unconstitutional, and was being used for purposes beyond national security.
Now, as an expert whistleblower in the intelligence-gathering community, Binney states it was “very likely” that the NSA has recordings of Trump’s phone conversations with FBI Director James Comey.
His statements come as a response to Trump’s tweets a week prior. Although the president stated he did not have any recordings of the conversation, he mentioned that “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”
Binney states in his interview on the Sunday night Aaron Klein Investigative Radio Show that “I think you already have examples of it where you had conversations that President Trump had with the president of Mexico and also with Australia. All of those have been leaked. Also, phone calls involving [former National Security Advisor Michael] Flynn and so on at the White House.”
His logic then went as follows, stating, “I don’t know of any time that the president makes a phone call that is not encrypted. So that means that the people who are intercepting the president have to be able to decrypt it. And the people who provide the encryption and the keys to the systems to be used are NSA.”
He felt that the NSA was “absolutely” bugging the Oval Office, and had on previous occasion come to the defense of President Trump’s claim that he was being wiretapped by the Obama Administration. (via Reuters)
Many feel that the NSA has been overstepping its boundaries ever since Bush implemented the PATRIOT Act, and the outbreak of high-profile whistleblowers — including Edward Snowden and Julian Assange — seems to provide some evidence to this point. However, this development could be of use to the current president. Who knows what other recordings the NSA may have.
With any luck, this could end up being used to help dissuade future enemies of this administration and of the American people. Since Trump’s inauguration, there has been a mad dash to find dirt on him to take him down, but none of it has stuck.
We could be finally coming out of this phase. Time will certainly tell. But there is likely still at least some turbulence ahead for President Trump, and he and his team must remain watchful amidst the corruption in Washington, D.C.