Eli Lake of Bloomberg unveiled a massive bombshell on Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice. According to his report, she repeatedly requested information on members of the Trump campaign and his transition team from the intelligence community.
This demand inevitably unmasked the identities of these people to an audience beyond the intelligence community. Typically this is not the case; raw intelligence masks the identity of American citizens when they are legally surveilling other targets.
In February [National Security Council senior director for intelligence] Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy. The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations — primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.
Of course Susan Rice denies any and all knowledge that members of the Trump transition were caught up in incidental intelligence gathering last month.
This does not look good on the Obama administration. It directly links his top operating officials to the apparent targeting and leaking of names from the Trump team in order to smear them.
When Obama said he looked forward to working with Trump, we all said to ourselves that’s bullsh*t. Now we really know it was.