This is starting to get REALLY good.
Do you remember Susan Rice? I do! She’s the lady who hit all the Sunday morning news programs to announce that Benghazi was caused by an internet video. Which of course turned out to be a massive lie!
For some reason, she avoided jail time back then, but now her goose may be fully cooked. We’re talking about felony level conviction here for her role in the Trump spying matter. Or “unmasking” as they are now calling it.
Here’s the scoop, from the Daily Mail:
Revealed: Obama’s national security adviser asked for Trump’s associates’ names to be ‘UNMASKED’ from intelligence reports dozens of times – before they were leaked
- Obama national security adviser asked U.S. agencies dozens of times to ‘unmask’ Trumpworld names from raw intelligence reports
- Susan Rice is already the Obama aide conservatives love to hate, following her false claims that a crude Internet video caused the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks
- It’s not unusual for a high-ranking national security official to ask for the names of people ‘incidentally’ surveilled, in order to understand a report’s context
- But some names, including Rice’s successor Mike Flynn, were subsequently leaked to the press – which constitutes a felony
Former national security advisor Susan Rice asked dozens of times for the names of Donald Trump associates to be ‘unmasked’ in foreign surveillance reports.
Rice is the Obama administration official whose name became a punchline after her repeated false claims that the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks were caused by a crude Internet video.
From her position as chief of the National Security Council, according to a Bloomberg columnist, Rice asked government agencies to identify names that had been withheld from raw intelligence reports linked with Trump campaign and transition figures.
There is not necessarily anything illegal or unusual about a national security adviser seeking to unmask names in raw reports, in order to fully understand the meaning of intercepted conversations.
President Donald Trump claimed in a series of March 4 tweets that Obama had ‘wiretapped’ him before the November election; he later clarified that he was talking broadly about secret surveillance
But in this case those identities – including the name of then-National Security Advisor Mike Flynn – were subsequently leaked and made public.
That is a federal felony.
The first drip of information hinting at Rice’s involvement came Friday when Fox News reported that the names of several Trumpworld figures were exposed by someone ‘very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world.’
WHAT IS UNMASKING?
When U.S. intelligence services conduct court-approved surveillance of foreign targets, it’s possible that American citizens can be swept up in recorded conversations, intercepted emails or other surveillance.
That can happen when Americans who are not targets of an investigation are ‘incidentally’ captured talking to a target. it can also occur when targets merely mention them during a conversation or in a document.
When this happens, intelligence analysts routinely delete the Americans’ names and replace them with vague identifiers like ‘U.S. Person Number One’ or ‘Person A’ – masking their identity from other government officials who may look at reports.
Senior intelligence officials can request the ‘unmasking’ of those names under certain circumstances, but that creates a risk that the names will be leaked.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last week that the Trump administration had uncovered unspecified material ‘in the normal course of business,’ which was then shared with the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican chairman Devin Nunes.
Bloomberg reports that the National Security Council was conducting a review of U.S. policy on how people’s identities can be unmasked after their communications are captured incidentally in the course of conducting foreign surveillance.
That routine inquiry apparently uncovered a pattern of Rice’s requests.
The names of U.S. citizens who aren’t the targets of court-approved snooping are typically replaced with designations such as ‘U.S. Person One’ or ‘Person A’ before reports can be circulated to the broad variety of American intelligence agencies.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, one of the Trump administration intelligence officials who showed Nunes the mysterious materials last week, was conducting the ‘unmasking’ review.
Wouldn't it be funny if #SusanRice squealed on Hillary Clinton about Benghazi to save herself?
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