Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive MORE on Wednesday claimed the National Security Agency (NSA) leaked some of his private emails to journalists.

Carlson made the allegation during a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria.

“Yesterday, I learned that — and this is going to come out soon — that the NSA leaked the contents of my emails to journalists in an effort to discredit me. I know because I got a call from one of them saying ‘oh, this is what your email was about,’ ” Carlson said.

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“So, it is not in any way a figment of my imagination. It’s confirmed, it’s true,” he continued, adding that Biden administration is trying to gain “leverage” to threaten “opposition journalists.”

“It’s happening to me right now, and I think it’s shocking and I don’t think we should put up with it in a free country,” he said.

When host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe Memo: Fall in white population could add fuel to nativist fire A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Memo: Biden beats Trump again — this time in the Senate MORE asked if there was no way anyone else could have seen the emails, Carlson said the only other person was his executive producer.

He added that just before his show aired on Tuesday, he got a call from a reporter who read the email back to him.

“There is no possibility that anyone else could have known. And then again yesterday I get a call right before air, like 7:15, from a journalist I know and like, not many left, but I do like this person. He repeated back to me what's in my email, he got it because the NSA leaked it, so, yes, entirely real,” Carlson said.

The NSA declined to comment. 

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The new claim comes after Carlson last month alleged that he was told by a whistleblower that the NSA was spying on him in a bid to get his show off the air.

The NSA refuted his claim, calling the allegations “not true,” and said that, with limited exceptions, the agency may not target a U.S. citizen without a court order. But the next day, Carlson doubled down on his claim and said that the NSA’s statement did not deny that he was being surveilled.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Top Democrats tout California recall with an eye toward 2022 Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race MORE (R-Calif.) said that he asked Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.) to instigate Carlson’s claims.