Wow, @FoxNews just reporting big news. Source: "Official behind unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some unmasked....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2017
..not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on before he was nominated." If this is true, does not get much bigger. Would be sad for U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2017
FOX News: Intelligence official who 'unmasked' Trump associates is 'very high up,' source says
The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday.
Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible -- and that person is not in the FBI.
For a private citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.
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Update #1: Trump touts Fox report on 'high up' official behind alleged unmasking (The Hill)
Update #2: Trump tweets anonymously sourced Fox News report claiming he was spied on before presidential nomination (Daily Mail)
Update #3: Trump Promotes Fox News Report On Pre-Election Surveillance Of Trump’s Team (Western Journalism)
Update #4: "If True, Does Not Get Much Bigger" Trump Tweets About "Very Well Known" Intel Official Behind Trump "Unmasking" (Zero hedge).
WNU Editor: Everyone who reads this blog knows that I hate it when the media quotes anonymous sources. In the past I always treated anonymous sources from the media as a given .... but now .... especially after this election cycle where (IMHO) media bias was obvious for all to see .... one has to be a fool to believe what the media is saying. Case in point .... the above FOX report that President Trump is talking about uses an anonymous source .... and is being criticised and ridiculed by many in the main stream media for doing so .... Trump hawks vague TV news report as gospel in ongoing Russia-connections scandal (New York Daily News). Fair enough .... but when the New York Times and Washington Post uses anonymous sources .... and that is all that they have been using and pushing in this Russia-Gate story .... it is treated as sacrosanct and a given. Is there a double standard at play .... you betcha. In the end .... anonymous sources will need to step forward and go public for the record. Will that day happen .... I do not know .... but with each passing day my doubts are growing.
Update: Someone has asked me if the above FOX news report is true .... who would be that official who unmasked members of Trump's team and who OK'd the surveillance that has been leaked to the press. IMHO .... it has to be someone in President Obama's White House's national security team .... specifically in the office of the Director of National Intelligence.