>> Britain's GCHQ, the eyes and ears of UK Intelligence. According to the White House, they were behind a wiretap at Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. Supposedly ordered by Barack Obama. Now Theresa May's received assurances from the White House that it will not repeat the allegations. The spy agency broke with tradition and publicly denied the charges, reportedly telling British media that they are nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.
It's a highly unusual move for the government listening post, normally preferring to neither confirm nor deny any activity. But, the severity of these allegations clearly demanded otherwise. They were originally made by a Fox News analyst and former judge, and then repeated by White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer who said they'd come from three separate sources.
Claiming Obama bypassed the NSA, CIA and FBI to use GCHQ instead. Trump's team has been keen to stress that when the President said wiretap, he meant broad surveillance. Either way the list of those dismissing the allegations is growing ever longer.