Amid the controversy over whether Trump’s allegation that the previous administration had him under surveillance at Trump Tower during the presidential campaign is true or not, Senator [score]Rand Paul[/score] (R-KY) said that there’s something else that’s more pressing than that that’s not being discussed.
“I think that we know one thing for sure, that the Obama administration did spy on Flynn,” Paul said to ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.
He explained that phone calls with foreign entities are routinely monitored, but that the American in the phone call is masked. But Paul explained that what was revealed recently was that even low-level intelligence analysts can unmask the identity of the American and subsequently leak recorded classified phone calls to the press:
“We target foreigners all the time, but they talk to Americans. They talk to the president. They talk to the national security advisers. And they’re supposed to be masked.
“But there was something alarming the other day. General Hayden admitted that people all the way down to some of the lowest analysts can unmask who the American is. So, someone unmasked General Flynn and they’re a low-level analyst, we need to be looking at their computer and find out if they unmasked that conversation and if they spoke with The New York Times. You have got to put those people in jail, because you cannot allow this to happen, or we will have presidents being blackmailed or national security advisers being blackmailed.
“This is a huge, huge problem, bigger than anything else that’s being discussed is the fact that private conversations from the intelligence community’s perspective are being leaked to the press. That’s not like a leak that says, oh, the president watches TV in his bathrobe, this is important to national security, you can’t let it happen.”
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