"We've made clear to the USA administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored".
"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", read the statement, which was issued on condition that it be attributed to an anonymous spokesperson to protect the identity of agency staff.
A top National Security Agency official called allegations that President Barack Obama directed a British spy agency to wiretap Donald Trump during the presidential campaign "arrant nonsense".
On Friday, Spicer told reporters that the Trump administration had no regrets about citing the uncorroborated Fox News report. Even if, as Napolitano claimed, Obama went to GCHQ to avoid a paper trail within the United States and asked them (not "tasked" them) for material on Trump, there would still be a paper trail in the UK.
Last, on Fox News on March 14th, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement. "He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency. he used GCHQ, '" Spicer told journalists. He used GCHQ, what is that? It's the initials for the British intelligence finding agency.
Kim Darroch, U.K. ambassador to the US, and Mark Lyall Grant, Prime Minister Theresa May's national security advisor, separately expressed their concerns to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who cited the Fox News pundit on Thursday as he attempted to bolster Trump's claims, and Trump national security advisor H.R. McMaster.More news: Steve Alford on IN coaching rumors: 'I love UCLA'
NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett told BBC News in an interview published Saturday that the claim showed "a complete lack of understanding in how the relationship works".
Liberal media hacks like Shepard Smith immediately slammed Judge Napolitano and then jabbed at Trump by sarcastically calling him "the now-President", as if his time were limited.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Theresa May, the British prime minister, did not confirm that an apology had been made.
For anyone whose job and/or profound sense of self-loathing requires that they tune in to Sean Spicer's White House press briefings, the most entertaining moment of the spectacle comes when one of the assembled journalists raises his or her hand and politely asks Spicer if President Trump, a man for whom the formidable resources of the American intelligence apparatus are just a phone call away, has any evidence to support his unhinged early-morning tweetstorm alleging that President Obama "tapped his wires" during the election.
"They really don't want to get drawn into the toxic contest going on between the administration and the intelligence agencies in the USA", said Ewan Lawson, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.
He noted that the agency's quick, robust statement was unusual, but to stay silent "would give space to conspiracy theorists".