Unravelling the Team Obama Anti-Trump Leak Machine

Caroline Beck
April 13, 2017

Despite how right-wing media and legislators attempt to spin it, unmasking names is a standard procedure regulated by the National Security Agency in their Signals Intelligence Directive 18.

"I think it's going to be the biggest story", the president said. "It's such an important story for our country and the world".

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court documents from a 2015 prosecution alleging a Cold War-style spy ring in NY.

When foreign surveillance data is collected through intelligence operations, the names of Americans involved in the reports are supposed to be redacted.

Rice correctly said in her interview that policymakers sometimes request to know the identities of Americans from NSA reports to understand these reports in certain circumstances. Page, referred to in the filing as "Male-1", is not accused of wrongdoing and said in a statement that he shared "basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents".

Senior government officials who receive highly sensitive intelligence can ask about the identity of US persons, including their names, to get a better understanding of the intelligence.

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I'll take her word for it, though if it had been so pristine, it's unclear why Rice had previously lied and claimed no knowledge of any of it.

The House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting their own, simultaneous investigations.

"There was no such collection or surveillance on Trump Tower or Trump individuals", she said. The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are now investigating allegations the Obama administration spied on Trump associates - and possibly Trump himself - for as long as the year preceding his inauguration.

Rice, in an interview on MSNBC, would not say whether she had viewed intelligence involving Trump and his aides. Appearing on national television several times, Rice said the attack began "spontaneously" as a response to a YouTube video.

In mid-March, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes abruptly announced he had seen "troubling" information about spy agencies widely spreading the identities of Trump associates.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House intelligence committee investigation looking into Russia's role in the 2016 election was back on track after the committee's chairman had a secret meeting on White House grounds about intelligence that Trump later said vindicated his Obama wiretapping claims. Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported the foreign officials being monitored were discussing "valuable political information" that required the identity of the people they were speaking to, or about, to be uncovered.

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