By Duncan Smith

The National Security Agency’s inspector general says he’s launching an internal investigation into who spied on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s emails and then who leaked them to the media, thereby illegally ‘unmasking’ the network star.

This comes after Carlson shockingly announced in June that emails he sent to Russian intermediaries in an attempt to land an interview with Vladimir Putin that only he and his producer knew about had been opened by the NSA.

'The National Security Agency's internal watchdog is conducting a review of recent allegations made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the spy agency had improperly targeted his communications for surveillance,' The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning.

'The announcement of the review by the NSA's inspector general does not mention Mr. Carlson by name, but instead refers to a member of the U.S. news media. A person familiar with the matter said the review concerns Mr. Carlson,' the paper added.

In a brief statement, NSA inspector general Robert Storch said his office 'is examining NSA's compliance with applicable legal authorities and agency policies and procedures regarding collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination activities, including unmasking procedures, and whether any such actions were based upon improper considerations.'

Does anyone seriously believe this bureaucrat is going to open a real probe into this lawlessness?

Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden provides the answer:

The NSA's Inspector General, Robert P. Storch, is a long-time Executive Branch functionary. He was first appointed to this position by President Obama in 2016 but failed to receive Senate confirmation. He was then re-appointed by President Trump in 2018 and the Senate then confirmed him. A widely respected bureaucrat in Washington, he also previously served as deputy Inspector General in Obama's Justice Department, and, prior to that, was a federal prosecutor. It is, to put it mildly, difficult to imagine him opening an investigation into frivolous allegations.

This is the same agency that spied on Trump and broke laws to do it (along with the FBI) and spied on every other American on behalf of Barack Obama — and no one was ever held responsible.

Storch isn’t going to hold anyone to account for spying on Carlson, either. Bet on it.

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