05 April, 2017
The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group published a report Monday quoting former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, while a few other media outlets cited "sources".
She did not recall a spike in the frequency of requests for unmasking after Trump's election victory.
Bloomberg reported that the National Security Council's senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting a review of the policy on naming American citizens who turn up in surveillance reports - a practice called unmasking - when he discovered Rice's requests to have the names made public. "Is this business as usual for a national security adviser to ask for a name to be revealed, an American name, if she wants to know more or is this some sort of a controversy?"
Rice appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and CNN and regurgitated talking points purporting that the protests that had erupted "spontaneously" near two USA government facilities in Benghazi, Libya and were a result of a "hateful video" that was offensive to Islam. There is no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking.
As Congress investigates what the Russians may or may not have done to interfere in the Presidential election, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice's name has been added to the political stew in Washington. Rice denied this allegation during her MSNBC interview.
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Imagine how it would have gone over if another Rice - Bush National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice - had asked for the unmasking of Obama transition officials. In fact, what we know is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the former director of national intelligence and even House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, R-California, have said definitively that Trump was not wiretapped.
MITCHELL: And you could have asked for those names - American #1, American #2, however it is identified, to be unmasked so you would know how significant it was? Pursuant to USSID 18's procedures, intelligence reports summarizing information derived from the raw data would contain a redaction in place of the identity of each US person.
This is typically done because the official needs the name to understand the full context of the report.
She maintained, however, that asking for more information about names included in intelligence reports was a routine and necessary aspect of her job in protecting American security.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation, that Rice should "testify under oath" for her involvement in trying to exposing Trump associates, as their names appeared in raw intelligence reports collected by US intelligence operations. So they're giving it to me, if I read it, and I think that in order for me to really understand is it significant or not so significant, I need to understand who the USA person is, I can make that request.
McCAIN: "I think the circumstances indicate that there's a possibility that that request could have been politically motivated".