Have you been keeping up with the news from Washington? While Ben Rhodes' involvement in the actual leaking of the Flynn transcript has not been definitively established, we do know that Rhodes had no problem with the exposure of Flynn's and other Trump officials' Russian contacts after the leaks happened.
It is unlikely she would have know that any unidentified American had a connection to Trump, the officials said.
MONTANARO: You know, I think the bigger thing here though is to put this into some broader context politically. Devin Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was "alarmed" by the frequency with which individuals associated with the Trump campaign had been unmasked-the implication being that senior Obama officials sought to weaponize classified intercepts by revealing the names of Trump associates without just cause for political purposes. Yes, there is. On his Fox News show, the formerly bow-tied but still adorable Tucker Carlson is leading a charge that we don't really know that Russian Federation hacked the Democratic National Committee and delivered emails to WikiLeaks that were released at just the right moment to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign. But sometimes, the names of innocent Americans are incidentally collected in the course of investigations.
Understand: There would have been no intelligence need for Susan Rice to ask for identities to be unmasked. "I suspect she'll wiggle around it by being ambiguous about what the word 'this" was. Ms. Rice is a favorite scapegoat of Republicans and because, well, it's a good way to change the topic from what has been an embarrassing episode for the administration.
Rice and other senior White House advisors were authorized to request the "unmasking" of US persons under certain circumstances. Now there is Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office.
MITCHELL:.To unmask the names of people involved in the Trump transition, the Trump campaign, people surrounding the president-elect.
I'd suggest the situation is complicated.
Names may also be unmasked if the importance of the intelligence appears to be obscured by the process. Nunes also has the serial numbers of damaging documents that chronicled the reports of this nefarious operation.
The White House has claimed that this incidental surveillance vindicated Trump's initial claims. Ultimately, she said no evidence of collusion between Russian officials and Trump associates was found, and that finding was shared by the intelligence community in a report at the end of Obama's term. Nunes has denied acting on behalf of the White House.
The New York Times ran an exhaustive story on him on Sunday's front page, outlining how five women who said O'Reilly had either sexually harassed or verbally abused him had been paid a total of $13 million in settlements.
George Neumayr of the Spectator has been reporting on this story and similar matters for a couple of weeks.
Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance. Even if she did not leak the information she received regarding Trump campaign or transition officials herself, however, who is to say that she did not share the sensitive information with someone like her deputy Ben Rhodes, who could have done the leaking for her?