British spies reportedly warned USA of Trump-Russia link in 2015

British spies reportedly warned USA of Trump-Russia link in 2015

Britain's Government Communications Headquarters noticed suspicious interactions between Trump associates and known or suspected Russian agents in late 2015, according to The Guardian. This intelligence was passed to the United States as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

According to the report, GCHQ began passing information about contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian operatives in late 2015.

Despite the tip from the British agency, shared during routine briefings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA were slow to delve into the information, since American agencies are "trained not to" look through citizens' private communications if there is no warrant, said a source who called GCHQ the "principal whistleblower".

The claims are highly sensitive after Mr Trump last month alleged that President Barack Obama had illegally "wiretapped" him in Trump Tower.

The ongoing probe into ties between Russian Federation and affiliates of President Donald Trump was reportedly first spurred by worldwide spy agencies that picked up "suspicious interactions", which they began sharing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Guardian reported on Thursday.

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory.

The comment prompted a near-immediate reaction from GCHQ, which released a rare public statement categorically denying any involvement and calling the accusation "utterly ridiculous". "You should be wary of this, '" an unnamed source told the Guardian.

GCHQ's then head, Robert Hannigan, was said to have passed material directly to Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan in the summer of 2016. "And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

But what makes these reports particularly sensitive is the previously suspected connection between GCHQ and the Senate Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

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