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Trump's wire-tap claims 'ridiculous', US won't repeat it: UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

today dismissed as "ridiculous" Donald Trump's allegations that it helped wire-tap him during the US presidential polls and said it has received "assurances" from the that it will not repeat the claims.

"We've made clear to the (Trump) administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we've received assurances they won't be repeated," James Slack, spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May, said.

The US President had claimed that his Trump Tower residence in New York was under surveillance authorised by former and allegations of Britain's Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano.

"Three intelligence sources have informed Fox that went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA (National Security Agency), he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ," Press Secretary Sean Spicer had quoted Napolitano as saying.

Earlier, the GCHQ took the rare step of making a public statement about the allegations as a US Senate Committee concluded yesterday that there were "no indications" of Trump Tower being under surveillance by the US before or after the election.

"Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then President-elect are nonsense," a GCHQ spokesperson said.

"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored," the spokesperson said.

Senior officials from GCHQ are also expected to make representations to its American counterpart, the NSA, about their concern over such allegations being made, British media reported.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 18:22 IST