Fake news foiled

To the Journal editor:

The following is a chronology of a fake news story.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: “Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls.”

Brietbart: “(T)hree intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA. He didn’t use the CIA. He didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That’s the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them saying, ‘President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump, conversations involving president-elect Trump,’ he’s able to get it, and there’s no American fingerprints on this.”

Whitehouse Press Secretary Sean Spicer: “On Fox News on March 14, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement: ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command — he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice; he used GCHQ,'”

British Prime Minister Theresa May: “We’ve made clear to the US administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored. We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated,”

Donald Trump: “We said nothing, All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”

Fox News host Shepard Smith: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge (Andrew) Napolitano’s commentary.Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way. Full stop.”

Sean Spicer: “I don’t think we regret anything, (We) were just passing on news reports.”

If you hear that the moon is made of green cheese, think before you rush to the store to buy crackers.

Nino E. Green