By CBC News | August 24, 2018 12:29:32The NSA has been accused of spying on US President Donald Trump’s transition team and has been charged with two crimes for the conduct of its spying activities, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Friday.
The charges announced against James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, come as the White House is trying to explain the actions of the spy agency.
The indictment charges Clapper with one count of espionage, one count with three counts of making false statements and one count each of making an unauthorized disclosure of classified information, according to the indictment.
Clapper was scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington, DC, on Monday.
The charge comes amid heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the intelligence community following leaks to the media that revealed the surveillance program.
The administration has maintained that the program has not been used to monitor US citizens or the communications of foreign leaders.
But Trump’s critics have also accused the president of stoking tensions with the intelligence services.
Clapham was a senior NSA analyst during the George W. Bush administration, according the indictment, and he served as the agency’s director until February 2021.