Report claims Susan Rice requested unmasking of incoming Trump admin officials

Susan Rice

Susan RiceOn Friday, Fox News reported that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., knows who is responsible for the unmasking of multiple individuals on the Trump team and, the report adds, the person is believed to be someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world.”  On Sunday, Mike Cernovich said that person is Susan Rice.

According to Cernovich:

The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.

Upon learning of Rice’s actions, H. R. McMaster dispatched his close aide Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Nunes.

“Unmasking” is the process of identifying individuals whose communications were caught in the dragnet of intelligence gathering. While conducting investigations into terrorism and other related crimes, intelligence analysts incidentally capture conversations about parties not subject to the search warrant. The identities of individuals who are not under investigation are kept confidential, for legal and moral reasons.

Cernovich cited a report at Circa News, which said, in part:

As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, Circa has learned.

Three people, Cernovich said, had the authority to “unmask” individuals.  One of those, he added, was Rice.

Housley noted that the surveillance had been ongoing for quite a while:

Of course, Zero Hedge added, this begs the question of whether or not Obama ordered Rice to perform the unmasking.

Worse yet, Cernovich said that New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman “has had this story about Susan Rice for at least 48 hours, and has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.”

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