CNN’s Sciutto: British Intel on Trump Are All Incidental

‘The Europeans just like the Americans are regularly monitoring the communications, particularly of U.S. adversaries overseas — that certainly includes Russia’

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SCIUTTO: "As you know, Donald Trump accused Britain — accused President Obama of using Britain, tasking British intelligence with spying on Trump and his campaign. That’s not how this happened. And I’ve spoken to European intelligence. This is what’s called incidental collection. The Europeans just like the Americans are regularly monitoring the communications, particularly of U.S. adversaries overseas. That certainly includes Russia. Sometimes when they’re monitoring those communications, they pick up on the other end of the line an American. Or they pick up Russians talking about an American. When that happens, the U.S. takes notice certainly, but so do our allies. This is a case where incidentally they picked up these communications and said, 'Listen, Russians are talking to Trump associates, et cetera. We felt it was important to share it with you, and you then look at it and decide what you’re going to do with it.'”

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