Monday, April 3, 2017

President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice Requested The Names of Trump Associates In Raw Intelligence Reports

President Obama and Susan Rice. Reuters

Eli Lake, Bloomberg: Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel

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."

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WNU Editor: It looks like my trusted contact and reader of War News who gave me a heads-up on this story yesterday was right .... Is Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice The Person Who Unmasked Trump Administration Officials? This is .... as I keep on saying .... a huge story. If true .... senior officials of the White House were using the intelligence apparatus of the U.S. government to monitor their political opponents during an election season. I will not be surprised if in the coming weeks/months Susan Rice will be asked to testify under oath on this story .... specifically .... did she do it? Why did she do it? Was she ordered by President Obama to do it .... and if not .... did she informed the President on what she was doing.... and if she did .... when? Did she order the intelligence community to unmask these names? And was she the one who leaked this intel to the press?

On a side note .... my source also told me last night that the New York Times has had this story for the past few days .... but decided to not publish it. As for Susan Rice .... she is avoiding the press for now.

More News On Reports That President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice Requested The Names of Trump Associates In Raw Intelligence Reports

Report: Obama adviser Susan Rice requested Trump aides' names in intel reports -- The Hill
Susan Rice ordered unmasking of Trump team in intel, Bloomberg View reports -- Washington Times
Susan Rice requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials, sources say -- FOX News
Obama Adviser Susan Rice Sought Names of Trump Officials in Intelligence Reports -- US News and World Report
Report: Susan Rice requested "unmasking" of Trump associates -- Axios
Susan Rice: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know -- Heavy

35 comments:

Steven Krische said...

This is a huge story. I wonder how much press it will get though.

Jay Farquharson said...


"The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February 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 standard for senior officials to learn the names of U.S. persons incidentally collected is that it must have some foreign intelligence value, a standard that can apply to almost anything. This suggests Rice’s unmasking requests were likely within the law.

Here’s an important question: who ordered Cohen-Watnick, a junior DIA analyst promoted to a senior directorship on the National Security Staff by former National Security Advisor LTG Flynn way above his level of expertise and experience, to conduct this review? Was it LTG Flynn before he was fired on 13 February 2017? Was it the now reassigned KT McFarland? Was it someone above Cohen-Watnick in the Administration chain of command? This is an important question that needs to be answered! Unless Cohen-Watnick had a need to know this – as in was ordered to conduct such a review – as part of his duties as the NSC’s Senior Director for Intelligence Policy, his accessing of this material is a violation of classification and compartmentalization protocols. As is his dissemination of such information.

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/04/03/the-maskirovka-slips-xiv-susan-rice-is-once-again-public-enemy-1/

Blackdog said...

Doing their jobs.mailto:?to=&subject=We%20now%20have%20a%20better%20idea%20who%27s%20behind%20%27unmasking%27%20Trump%20officials%27%20contact%20with%20foreign%20agents%20%E2%80%94%20and%20why&body=http://www.businessinsider.com/susan-rice-trump-unmask-intelligence-wiretap-2017-4

War News Updates Editor said...

Yup. The real scandal is that what Susan Rice did is probably legal .... but the optics of the White House using the intel community to monitor the opposition party .... beyond just terrible. As for leaking this intel to the press .... who did that is still unknown .... but it is a felony.

Bottom line .... the media narrative on Russia-Gate/"wire-tapping"/etc. .... has now changed.

RussInSoCal said...

Meanwhile the lead Democrat hack, Adam Schiff, is NO WHERE to be seen. Three days ago you couldn't keep him away from TV cameras. A very satisfying, slow motion collapse to this fake witch hunt.

Jay Farquharson said...

Actually the Real Susan Rice scandal is that somebody in 'Goberment, did their job.

So many Conservative talking points died that day.

Jay Farquharson said...

Nunes cancelled all hearings.

As for Adam Schiff, he was on CNN last night, and is on the floor of the House today.

Nunes is AWOL however.

fred lapides said...

Does Susan Rice know about this?


Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

Blackdog said...

You have to monitor the situation. If you don't, you are not doing your job. And it was not the White House using the intelligence community to monitor the opposition party. It was the intelligence community monitoring the Russians and finding the opposition party or worse yet the trump team being talked about or talking to the Russians. That's the story. It has not changed yet. But they are trying.

War News Updates Editor said...

Blackdog. Susan Rice was a political appointee .... that is why she was there, and this is why this is a big story. To put everything in context. If George Bush was doing the same thing .... the outrage would be through the roof and beyond.

War News Updates Editor said...

Fred. You are channelling me. That is my 20:00 EST post.

Jay Farquharson said...

The Merchant of Death has gone full denial on this story, saying didn't happen and he had nothing to do with Trump what so ever.

While Hair Furour's team's assorted denials will work for the Faux crowd, a "transition advisor" who had nothing to do with the transition, a Campaig Chairman, who had nothing to do with the Campaign,

Doesn't work for those of us with Google-fu.

Jay Farquharson said...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rice

jimbrown said...

Hey whats the big deal? Nyc is a small town and she wanted all the dirt if/when running into the Trumps.

Anonymous said...

I hope she goes to prison on for a long time.

fred lapides said...

WHAT WAS DONE WAS BOTH LEGAL AND NECESSARY. THIS IS WHY

Aizino Smith said...

All caps and all bold or long paragraphs.

Yup the liberals are in full panic mode.

Loving it.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/04/trumps-america-first-wing-say-kushners-are

Aizino Smith said...

All that illegal access and the Democrats cannot bring down Flynn.

It will bring down Rice.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO,

Given up on jailing all the Clinton's including Chelsea, for now I see.

LMFAO

https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/03/26/national-enquirers-serial-spy-novel/

Anonymous said...

OK I'm not pro Trump, but Obama has an embarrassing history of spying ... remember Merkel? Also, It is a bit too convenient that intelligence activity and reporting required unmasking Trump...ie the Opposition at that time....not sure about it, but the optics are horrible considering Obama's past.

Jay Farquharson said...

Obama didn't "spy" on Merkel.

The CIA and NSA did.

The US spied on Saddam's Government and Military via the UN Disarmenment Groups under Clinton and Bush.

The US spied on Annan and Chiraq during the run up to Dubya Dubya Me Too,

The US spied on the Brazilian Trade Comission during FTAA Negotiations,

Anonymous said...

Jay - are you so naive or just pretending? Do you think they can spy on Merkel without Obama's approval? LMFAO as you'd say

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO,

So, when the NSA boys were listening to, taping, and sharing US Servicemen's sex calls home from Iraq and Afghanistan,

You are saying Bush ordered it, and got copies of the tapes,

or at least Cheney,

LMFAO

Anonymous said...

The analogy is funny but wrong..Here's why Bush servicemen Sex tapes (interesting how your mind works) is not the same: Trump just happened to be a presidential candidate of the opposition party Democrats would blow $2bn on -and- on top of that the animosity between the two is well known and documented.. also the Democrats were in shear panic that Trump would win (understandably so, he's vulgar and a liar )...but here you have a clear set of motives. ..not just one but several. ..no motives in your stupid sex tape analogy. ..that's why it looks bad.

TWN said...

Sad state of affairs, the behavior of the so called leaders is totally deplorable world wide, they all need to be tared and feathered.I doesn't seem to matter who gets elected,they behave badly, they shove their stupid ideas on the country they control, and steal as much from the people as the can, whether it's the Do-Gooders or the War Mongers, and push their BS agenda, they can all fuck off.

Jay Farquharson said...

As documented so far,

Hair Furour and His Minons were " wire tapped" in conversations and survelliance of Russian Spies, Money Launderers and Mobsters.

Don't want to be "wire tapp-ed", don't be buddy, buddy with Russian Spies, Moneylaunderers and Mobsters under FBI and National Security investigation.

Now of course, because of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia to rat fuck the 2016 Election, the Trump Campaign is now the main target of FBI and Intelligence Agency investigations.

https://www.ft.com/content/40498d94-155b-11e7-80f4-13e067d5072c

LMFAO





Aizino Smith said...

Susan Rice unmasked the Americans.

She violated the law. The NSA nor CIA initiated that. She asked for it.

All that unmasking and leaking to the press.

Yet, nothing wrong was done by the unmasked because they were not prosecuted in the last year and a half.

Schiff, lemon face, says nothing because he has nothing.

Aizino Smith said...

So far there were a few Russian mobster in Trump Tower.

JabberJay makes the leap that Trump was talking to them for illicit business or talking to them at all.

How many rooms are there at Trump towers? 1?

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO,

https://wonkette.com/615057/dumb-trump-idiot-carter-page-recruited-by-russian-spy-in-2013-like-some-idiot

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/richardbehar/2016/10/03/donald-trump-and-the-felon-inside-his-business-dealings-with-a-mob-connected-hustler/amp/

Aizino Smith said...

Poor baby,

You are going to quote every Lefty magazine.

That is so cute.

Jay Farquharson said...

Yup, Forbes is "lefty",

LMFAO

Aizino Smith said...

Wall Street Journal has Lefties. Why wouldn't Forbes?

I assumed that WSJ would not but when you you look at some WSJ alumni, you see a few Lefty journalists.

Just because a mag is this or that, does not mean that all the member of said group are this or that.

Try Harder Jay

You can do it.

Put that little thinking cap on.

Jay Farquharson said...

LMFAO,

There are no "lefties" writing for the US MSM, just people left of the alt-right and right of the center.

LMFAO

Aizino Smith said...

Wow!

What a delusional response Jay.

So for example when someone like Nader or Kunstler writes an op-ed he is right wing?