Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

Apr 05, 2017, 01:49
Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

It was an awkward interview. At most, she could request that the identities be unmasked, and NSA could either approve or deny the request.

"Get enough intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves the administration because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear", Farkas said. She also stated it "had no basis in fact".

"I leaked nothing to nobody", she said.

"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 USA who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally", Lake wrote. The identities of Americans who talk with those foreigners, or who are discussed in conversations between two non-U.S. persons, are masked in intelligence reports. But in a recent television appearance, she claimed no knowledge of it.

Rice said she would need to see unmasked names as part of her to "protect the American people and the security of our country", Rice said Tuesday.

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Rice was routinely briefed on intelligence that was collected and then deemed relevant by US spy agencies.

Ms. Rice received summaries of US eavesdropping either when foreign officials were discussing the Trump team, or when foreign officials were conversing with a Trump transition member.

But Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on Tuesday the White House "selectively and surreptitiously" gave Mr Nunes intelligence documents that should have been provided to the entire congressional panel.

Bloomberg reporter Eli Lake confirmed this in a bombshell April 3 report in which he said the demasked reports "contained valuable political information on the Trump transition".

Rice also denied playing a role in leaks. "'Spied on before nomination.' The real story", the president wrote in a tweet Monday.

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Albright had previously served with Rice's mother, Lois Rice, on a school board in Washington and watched Rice grow up with her own daughters.

Rice's denials don't add up.

She then went into criticizing President Trump over his tweets that suggested Obama had his "wires tapped" at Trump Tower during the campaign and transition. While it was legal for her to do this, it was highly unethical and would be a huge scandal if a Republican senior official sought the names of Democratic political opponents from USA intelligence reports.

"Yes, in general, and any other national security adviser would, I think, as a matter of their ordinary course of business", Comey said.

Despite determined efforts by the mainstream media to stamp out this story, the smoke of this scandal continues to grow. Her successor, Mike Flynn, resigned in February after media reports revealed that he misled the vice-president about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. Fleitz specializes in the Iranian nuclear program, terrorism, and intelligence issues.

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But government documents, released following a Judicial Watch lawsuit, reveal that government officials monitoring the attack in real-time did not cite an anti-Islam video as an explanation for the paramilitary attack on the USA diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

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