Susan Sarandon Claims US Government Tapped Her Phone - Now Denied White House Security Clearance?
Actress Susan Sarandon has claimed the US government has tapped her phone and put her under surveillance.
The Oscar winner made the claims on Sunday during a question and answer session at the Tribeca Film Festival - an 11-day event in New York's Lower Manhattan.
One audience member asked whether Sarandon, who was answering questions alongside documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, believed she was under surveillance by the government.
Here are some of the claims they made on Sunday, per Yahoo News:
Sarandon: "I've gotten my [FBI] file twice... I know my phone was tapped. If they're not surveilling you, then everyone else has cameras on phones." She added, "I was denied security clearance to go to the White House [next week], and I don't know why."
Moore says he was a target of a "disinformation campaign": "I was told this by some people in the Bush administration. They went bonkers when 'Fahrenheit' came out and thought it would throw the election to Kerry."
Sarandon says she has confirmed she was a target of survelliance: "I've gotten my file twice under the Freedom of Information Act."
Moore also spoke about the phone-tapping scandal that has rocked News Corp. in Britain. He indicated similar things must be happening in the U.S.: "I'll make a prediction about something—I think the phone-hacking thing [Rupert] Murdoch is involved in ... is going to be investigated, and it will be found that it's been going on here too."
Moore said he had a "gut feeling" that led to his prediction.
The UK Daily Mail notes that Sarandon has been "actively involved in promoting liberal political causes and supporting human rights, donating money and lending her voice and recognisable face to campaigns since the 1980s."
The report adds:
"During presidential elections, she has thrown her support behind Democratic and independent candidates, such as Ralph Nader in 2000, running as co-chair of his National Steering Committee.
In 2004, she signed a petition urging people to vote for John Kerry. Following the election, she called the U.S. elections to be monitored by international bodies.
Sarandon and her then-husband, actor Tim Robbins, campaigned for John Edwards in New Hampshire.
She also upset Catholics last October when she described the Pope as a 'Nazi'.
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