Adam Housley hinted at who was behind the ‘unmasking’ of member of Trump’s campaign and transition team. He said that the orders came from high up in intelligence community. Now, we’re finding out that that ‘higher-up’ was Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
Rice had said a couple weeks ago when questioned about Chairman Devin Nunes’s report about Trump being swept up incidentally in a surveillance net that she didn’t know anything about it.
“I know nothing about this,” she told PBS’s Judy Woodriff. “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.”
A day prior to her PBS interview, Rice wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled, “When the White House Twists the Truth, we are all Less Safe.” She wrote, in part:
…[M]any Americans, not just the broader world, recoil in anxiety and confusion when a U.S. administration fosters counterfactual assertions and projects unpredictability. When the American people question the commander in chief’s statements, his ability to harness public support to confront a national crisis is undermined.
Yet, Bloomberg is reporting that she very much knew what Nunes was talking about. She was after all the one who issued the requests to unmask individuals in the Trump campaign and transition team. Bloomberg reported:
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
While the Post made clear that this revelation in know way vindicates Trump’s March 4 tweet about the Obama administration ‘wiretapping’ Trump Tower, they acknowledge that it does raise some concern. “Rice’s multiple requests to learn the identities of Trump officials discussed in intelligence reports during the transition period does highlight a longstanding concern for civil liberties advocates about U.S. surveillance programs,” the Post writes. “The standard for senior officials to learn the names of U.S. persons incidentally collected is that it must have some foreign intelligence value, a standard that can apply to almost anything.”
“This suggests Rice’s unmasking requests were likely within the law,” they concluded.
Hence, Russia’s supposed involvement. Without the Russia narrative, they wouldn’t have been able to legally surveil Trump’s transition team. Whether the Russia narrative carries any weight, they needed it as an excuse to keep tabs on Trump’s campaign and transition team for political purposes.
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