Susan Rice, National Security Adviser for Obama
More Information on the Diversion and Devin Nunes pages, as he has used this “Unmasking” and “Wiretapping” scandal to foment suspicion of the FBI and the US Intelligence Community with a follow-up “Release the Memo” Fake memo about the FBI.
Susan Rice’s requests for US Persons to be unmasked in relation to a surprise visit between Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon at Trump Tower during the Transition, for the purposes of creating a backdoor communications channel with Moscow. A Second meeting arranged by the UAE Crown Prince and attended by Erik Prince in the Seychelles early January, also prompted Rice to request the unmasking before the Obama administration handed over the keys to the White House.
“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. The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”
“It is now clear that the scandal was not Rice’s normal review of the intelligence reports but the coördinated effort between the Trump Administration and Nunes to sift through classified information and computer logs that recorded Rice’s unmasking requests, and then leak a highly misleading characterization of those documents, all in an apparent effort to turn Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, into the face of alleged spying against Trump. It was a series of lies to manufacture a fake scandal. Last week, CNN was the first to report that both Democrats and Republicans who reviewed the Nunes material at the N.S.A. said that the documents provided “no evidence that Obama Administration officials did anything unusual or illegal.”