Journalist Mike Cernovich of Medium.com says he has discovered who requested the illegal leak of names from the Trump transition team. Fox New’s Adam Housley revealed on Friday that Devin Nunes not only knows about the surveillance but also knows who was behind the leaks. The leaking of the names could net the perpetrator ten years in a federal prison for the one responsible.
Cernovich claims that in order to view the files that were leaked, you must log in and out. That is how he found the leaker, who he says is the one behind the leaks. Susan Rice is a familiar name. She is the one Obama chose to go on all the Sunday shows and blame the known terror attack in Benghazi on a 12 minute internet video.
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.
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 close to President Obama, including his “fall guy” for Benghazi (Susan Rice), had authorization to unmask.
Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Without Loretta Lynch at the DOJ, I’m anxious to see what Jeff Sessions does with Rice.