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UK raps White House over 'ridiculous' Trump spy claims (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11:41

The White House will not repeat again claims that British spies snooped on Donald Trump, Britain said Friday after the UK eavesdropping agency branded them "utterly ridiculous" in a rare public denial.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman reiterated the GCHQ agency's denial of a Fox News report -- which had been repeated by the US president's spokesman on Thursday -- and said the claims "should be ignored".

"We have made this clear to the administration and have received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated," the PM's spokesman said.

Britain's ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch and UK National Security Adviser Mark Lyall Grant spoke directly to the White House, the spokesman said, although he refused to specify whether the US administration had apologised.

The White House said Friday that Mr Spicer had not accused Britain of spying on Mr Trump but was "simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story".

May's spokesman pointed to the limits on employing intelligence capabilities imposed on Britain and the US -- along with Australia, Canada and New Zealand -- under the so-called "Five Eyes" pact.

The pact is an intelligence-sharing alliance forged from the embers of World War II.

"It's a situation that simply wouldn't arise," the spokesman said of the spying claims


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