Another Monday, another Twilight Zone statement from Kellyanne Conway, spreading like microwaves across the internet. This time, Conway is everywhere for her comments in an interview with the Bergen Record from her home in Alpine, New Jersey. Conway gave no indication that Trump could provide evidence today to back up his Twitter allegations that Obama had wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower in order to meet the deadline from the House Intelligence Committee. Instead, she suggested a broader range of surveillance could have been possible, including “microwaves that turn into cameras.” Now she’s trying to put those comments back in the box.
When asked if she knew if Trump Tower was wiretapped, Conway responded, “What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other, unfortunately. There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets – any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”
Wired magazine has already weighed in with their expert opinion on the probability of a spy microwave, with the verdict that “no microphone-equipped microwaves appear to exist.”
So where did the spy microwave idea even come from? The idea doesn’t seem to be new, believe it or not. General Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, seems to have originated the idea in 2012 with a leaked recording. Petreaus would later face probation and a fine for leaking classified information to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell.
Spy microwaves were also mentioned by Stephen Colbert, when he interviewed former CIA and NSA head Michael Hayden last week. “Is the CIA listening to me through my microwave oven, and through my TV, and through my cell phone,” he asked Hayden. Hayden simply answered, “No.” During this interview, Hayden also asserted that wiretapping Trump Tower was even not even possible. See the interview at the end of this article.
Still, Kellyanne Conway offered no evidence for her broadened surveillance suggestions, maintaining today that she was merely “answering a question about surveillance techniques generally” to CNN.
“I’m not Inspector Gadget,” Conway said. “I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign. However, I’m not in the job of having evidence; that’s what investigations are for.”
Conway asserted that “people are screaming about Russia and the campaign, and to what avail?” to which CNN’s Chris Cuomo responded, “The investigations haven’t even started.” Conway then suggested that people who are fine with the investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia proceeding slowly should also give Trump’s allegations of wiretapping equal time for investigation. Cuomo was quick to respond that the two are “fundamentally different suggestions. Wiretapping is something he could answer with a phone call.”
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