Intel Official Behind "Unmasking" Of Trump Associates Is "Very Senior, Very Well Known"

Tyler Durden's picture

Day after day, various media outlets, well really mostly the NYT and WaPo, have delivered Trump-administration-incriminating, Russia-link-related tape bombs sourced via leaks (in the hope of keeping the narrative alive and "resisting."). It now turns out, according to FXN report, that the US official who "unmasked" 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."

As Malia Zimmerman and Adam Housley report, intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names (yes, yet another "unnamed source") said that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, now knows who is responsible - and that person is not in the FBI (i.e. it is not James Comey)

Housley said his sources were motivated to come forward by a New York Times report yesterday which reportedly outed two people who helped Nunes access information during a meeting in the Old Executive Office Building. However, Housley’s sources claim the two people who helped Nunes "navigate" to the information were not his sources. In fact, Nunes had been aware of the information since January (long before Trump's 'wiretap' tweet) but had been unable to view the documents themselves because of "stonewalling" by the agencies in question.

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.

“The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election,” a congressional source close to the investigation told Fox News.

The White House, meanwhile, is urging Nunes and his colleagues to keep pursuing what improper surveillance and leaks may have occurred before Trump took office. They’ve been emboldened in the wake of March 2 comments from former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas, who on MSNBC suggested her former colleagues tried to gather material on Trump team contacts with Russia.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday her comments and other reports raise “serious” concerns about whether there was an “organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information for political purposes.”

“Dr. Farkas’ admissions alone are devastating,” he said.

Clearly this confirms what Evelyn Farakas said, accidentally implicated the Obama White House in the surveillance of Trump's campaign staff:

The Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would not longer have access to that intelligence.

Furthermore, Farkas effectively corroborated a New York Times article from early March which cited "Former American officials" as their anonymous source regarding efforts to leak this surveillance on the Trump team to Democrats across Washington DC.

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In addition, citizens affiliated with Trump’s team who were unmasked were not associated with any intelligence about Russia or other foreign intelligence, sources confirmed. The initial unmasking led to other surveillance, which led to other private citizens being wrongly unmasked, sources said.

"Unmasking is not unprecedented, but unmasking for political purposes ... specifically of Trump transition team members ... is highly suspect and questionable,” according to an intelligence source. “Opposition by some in the intelligence agencies who were very connected to the Obama and Clinton teams was strong. After Trump was elected, they decided they were going to ruin his presidency by picking them off one by one."

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So if the source isn't Comey, has anyone seen Jim Clapper recently? The answer should emerge soon, meanwhile the ridiculous game with very high stakes of spy vs spy, or in this case source vs source, continues.

The report summarized below in video format:

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jmack's picture

So Its James Clapper.... big surprise...


Oh wait, did you mean Valerie Plame?

TwelveOhOne's picture

LOL at "picking them off one by one" -- tables turning, bridges burning...

TwelveOhOne's picture

Also the beginning, same beginning of a Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) song: "Day after day, love turns gray; like the skin on a dying man.  And night after night, we pretend it's all right, but I have grown older, and you have grown colder, and nothing is very much fun, anymore."  With the famous "would you like something to eat" line where he throws the food cart.

BennyBoy's picture


The swamp aint draining.

Might be filling up a bit.

TwelveOhOne's picture

True.  And in addition: who the fuck cares which human "leaked" the info?  It's out there, and it's true.  This evidence can be used to try and convict (and potentially execute) those involved.  Who the fuck cares who leaked it, if it is the truth?

FrozenGoodz's picture

He got rid of all O's staffers so its one of the traitors he hired but he doesn't do ... wait

Pinto Currency's picture

Surveilling Trump was said to have started under GWBush as soon as Trump spoke out against the Iraq invasion.
Obama carried it on.

Dubya hain't seen weird shit yet.

AVmaster's picture

Fire them all...


A mediocrely trained monkey can do their jobs at this point...

Pinto Currency's picture

Betting on Michael Hayden or George Tenet under Dubya.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"every picture tells a story"

Goodness, that must be one of the 'Hot Dog's' from Chicago that Mr. Obama ordered for his 'Party' at the White House; for a measley $65,000; as mentioned in one of Mr. John Podestas emails...

El Oregonian's picture

Hey, while the right hand has been pointing it out; what has the left hand been doing?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Pinto Currency Mar 31, 2017 8:12 PM

John Brennan

I told you, unmasking.

over a year ago

Even the words show up in the news "unmaksing, unmasked, unmask" all over the place, and "people in high places"


Chris Dakota Chris Dakota Jan 25, 2016 9:43 PM

The story I told you about Pluto in Capricorn goes like this.

He is a cleaner, he watches and sees what is diseased, he is the ultimate truth.

He gives them enough rope until Pluto is mid sign, then he begins to mock them and howl in the


The power is the left and has been for 100 yrs.

He unmasks them for all to see, nude in the town square they attempt to run and hide. He chases them down

corners them and utterly destroys them because they are diseased.

All that is healthy stands in the middle of a wildfire untouched.

The left mocks their own voters, poor people, rape victims, calls them trailer trash when one of their elites wants to fuck them like Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton.

Just watch, Pluto is finally mid Capricorn (the powers that be)

God is Great, the truth be known, all power to justice and truth.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Pinto Currency Apr 1, 2017 12:14 AM

When Michael Hastings car was remote controlled with him in it and drove 100 mph down a LA Jewish residential street and crashed into a palm tree he had said his car had been tampered with. He was so afraid he asked his wife if he could drive her old Volvo rather than his new Mercedes. His wife said he had a big story going, and then was under investigation by the FBI. The subject of his big story was John Brennan director of the CIA.

johngaltfla's picture

Clap on,

Clap off,

Clap on,

Clap off

the Clapper.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Clap on,

Clap off

the Clapper."

Someone needs to 'Clap upside the fucking head' that motherfucker...

Paper Mache's picture

You are 1000% right.  They''ve been surveiling Trump and his family for YEARS! Supreme Court and other judges, prominent businessmen etc. 


Montgomery left the NSA and CIA with 47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information, much of which is classified, and sought to come forward legally as a whistleblower to appropriate government entities, including congressional intelligence committees, to expose that the spy agencies were engaged for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen such as Donald Trump, and even yours truly. Working side by side with Obama's former Director of National Intelligence (DIA), James Clapper, and Obama's former Director of the CIA, John Brennan, Montgomery witnessed “up close and personal” this “Orwellian Big Brother” intrusion on privacy, likely for potential coercion, blackmail or other nefarious purposes

It's all here in this ZH link.


I reckon this is what they are looking at right now. 


Freddie's picture

What ever people say about Trump - he was against the NeoCons war in Iraq.  

AGuy's picture

"What ever people say about Trump - he was against the NeoCons war in Iraq. "

1. We are still in Syria, now with more troops.
2. We are still in Iraq, only with more troops.
3. We are still in Yemen, only with more drone strikes,
4. We are still building up troops & equipment on Russia border, only at an accelerated pace.
4. We starting massing troops and equipment on North Korea.

Please explain to me how this is different or against war?

Doomsday clock 2.5 minutes to mid-night. Only closer in 1953 (2 mins.) becuase the USA moved forward with its Hydrogen bomb program. During the Cuban/Missile Crisis it was 3 mins.

johngaltfla's picture

Nope. It started when Trump and his son-in-law started meeting with Israeli officials during the Obama adminstration AFTER Trump switched to the Republican't Party.

It intensified to "critical" level only after the nomination was secured. George W. was more worried about Hillary and Algore associates in the mid 2000's.


BOMBSHELL: Trump Surveillance Data Captured Due to Obama Spying on Israel, not Russia
AGuy's picture

"He got rid of all O's staffers so its one of the traitors he hired but he doesn't do ... wait"

Help me understand this: Trump fired Obozo's team that were from Goldman Saks and hired his own team from Goldman Saks. Please explain to me how this helps?

espirit's picture

Phishing expedition.



Giant Meteor's picture

Nice to see you comrade, all is well here fishing is good !

(the Russian meme)

edit; You know when I left here this morning, some us were discussing "Mike Tyson Vs. The Grilled Cheese Truck" , and I thought to myself, well ok, strange perhaps, but all in all, not so bad ..

And then ...

I return, peruse the "headlines" and about fives minutes in,  the thought cloud comes, what in the Sam Hell happened !? 

Ok, give me the goods, boil it down to a couple of lines .. fess up, what the shit is going on, who's in charge!?


Jim in MN's picture

Excellent background from Circa News on the extreme broadening of access to intercepts and unmasking under Obama:


“There may be very good reasons for some political appointees to need access to a non-minimized intelligence reporting but we don’t know and given the breadth of unmasked sharing that went on, there is the strong possibility of abusive or excessive access that harmed Americans’ privacy,” said an intel source familiar with the data. Added another: “Wholesale access to unmasked incidental NSA intercepts essentially created the potential for spying on Americans overseas after the fact, which is exactly what our foreign intelligence arms are not supposed to be doing.”

Giant Meteor's picture

Thank you. And without (yet) looking at your link info, I'm going on record here that Obam unleashed this right before he left office (duh) but I don't see wide reporting on that, or maybe I'm just missin it ..

Certainly I understand there will not be any Obam adverse news flashes on the MSM, but specifically I am referring, I'm not seeing much on it anywhere. Frankly I don't give a shite what anyone thinks of Trump, and I am no worshipper at THAT altar .. but what has been done is nothing short of treason, dressed in the color of law, which is how these folks ALWAYS roll.

Question is, when is ANY of this going to be laid plainly upon the table .. by SOME responsible fucking adult in the room ..

Thanks again, and many thanks in advance ..

Good stuff at the link by the way, will be re-reading, but my questions still stand ..

Well, there ya go, the moneyshot ..

"Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch."

I suppose one might infer here, that Loretta and Wild Bill were actually discussing Trump's children and grandchildren on the ole tarmac. Nothing can be ruled out .. not at this juncture ..

Pinto Currency's picture

The CIA / Deep State have been spying on everyone and anyone they wanted to for 50 years.

Giant Meteor's picture

Of course ... but they sure are getting a lot of attention now, aren't they ...

So here we are, at the big squeeze play, 

As I responded below, addressing your point.

And once again, why has this not only been allowed to exist without much "interference' but too THRIVE into what has now been confirmed in its massive breadth, scope, intensity, methods .. I mean being lied into wars, relying on patently false, manipulative "intelligence" causing untold human suffering and loss of life is nothing to sneeze at.

The nation in my opinion, died with Kennedy. It's been a steady progression downhill from there .. Many warnings were issued, and roundly unheeded. Resistance apparently HAS been futile .. but in truth, how much actual resistance has really existed ?

I am not naive to the realities of the world. All I know is, increasingly, Americans find themselves living in a nation that is wholly unrecognizable to them, and there are CLEAR reasons why this is so .. Hell, maybe it's payback for decimating native american cultures, who knows .. what I do know is, the corrupt money system props up ALL OF this shitshow. Bankrupt politicians llning their pockets, feathering their own nests, while essentially tellng their constituencies to not eat cake, but to eat shit, and like it ..

This shit may never change, may in fact, likely will in fact becomes factors and degrees worse, if or before it ever gets better.

I just want to have been on record to say, enough is fucking enough ...



logicalman's picture

Technology, coupled with people's lack of understanding of it, make this kind of shit possible.

The idea that government gives a shit about those it governs makes this kind of shit possible.

The way kids are SCHOOLED makes this kind of shit possible.

The lying, manipulative distraction box in most homes makes this kind of shit possible.

The fact that huge amounts of people's labour is stolen from them to fund these agencies makes this kind of shit possible.

The fact that huge amounts of people's labour is stolen from them ensures that they have little time of inclination, after a week of mind-numbing work, to find out what's really going on makes this kind of shit possible.

We're fucked.


Lumberjack's picture

Just for the hell of it I searched the jumble of letters you provided on my iphone and got the obvious no such thing exists message. However, below that was a seach location and I will be god damned it gave me a zip code for the search location at a tiny zip code in Boston and I havent been near there for several years. Usually it gives me the zip for area I'm in or nearby so to test this I randomly entered 12 consonants and a couple of vowels and still came up with the same result. Clearly my data was going to a place in Boston that it shouldn't have but did (fuckers). I was using both wifi and cell.

I cleared my cache (safari) and tried duplicating. The result was a search from my zip code. Some of you may want to try this and note the result. No tin foil here but long fishing line and beer cans....

Note: I have 2 decades in the com/ electrical field.

logicalman's picture

I remember using Moasic and Telnet, back when dinosaurs still roamed.

I always assummed that if I could access a computer over the web, some clever, sneaky bastard would be able to access mine.

Just because you are paranoid.......

Cell phones, by their very nature, are tracking devices. They only work becasue your location is known. I remember a TV show in UK called Tomorrow's World showing off the technology when it first came in. The location bit seemed like quite a downside, to me, back then (1979). I've never owned a personal one, but I did carry a company one, briefly, in 2000. I doubt I'll ever own one.

Vullsain's picture

Exactly focus on the real corruption. The Wikileaks revelations.The DNC and Media colluding with the Clinton campaign, they should also investigate the Clinton Pay to Play practices, Multi million dollar donations to the Democrats from terrorist supporting and human rights violater Saudi Arabia . Is that why Killary wanted to continue the Civil War in Syria, Payola??  Saudi political doanations for a Saudi  oil pipeline through Syria to the Mediterranean.

Who cares if Flynn touched bases with a Russian diplomat after Trump won the election, a technicality that the Leftist MSM is running with to cover up their bias and complicity with the DNC and Clinton campaign.  

Mycroft Holmes IV's picture

To think of all the loss of life, and the destabilization of Europe via the ensuing refugee crisis, was all over an oil pipeline to Eastern Europe.

Obama, Clinton, and Kerry should be tried for treason.

Giant Meteor's picture

What about Bush , Bush and Bush (Cheney) ?

I mean don't get me wrong, I appreciate the sentiment, but damn .. the Bush's and the Cllnton's love each other, John loves Ketchup and Obama? Hell he loves himself ..  Ohhh I see now, we are limiting to present, contemporary corruption in this instance.

Well there are puppets, and there are puppet masters. Eliminate the puppets, ya still have the masters ..

And while we're on the subject why limit yourself .. Likely we'll have to greatly expand this list anyway ..

And it's worth noting (here's lookin at you FED) Without the corrupt "money system" , and absent  government, corporate, anf bankster collusion, this shit wouldn't be going down in the first, or at the very least it would be curtailed dramatically ..

But, we love our teams, 

edit; Did I mention the very cooperative and compliant NATO ?

I'll let other's point out , the "Cui bono"

Mycroft Holmes IV's picture

Bush, Cheney, Kissinger for sure.

Completely agree - time to identify and hunt the puppet masters.

robobbob's picture

by all means, if you can grab them too

right now, the only meat dangling on the hook to be grabbed is the Obama group.

big daddy bush WAS the cia for a time. good luck getting at HIM.

Giant Meteor's picture

Understood, Big Daddy , Clintons, Obams ... all up to their gills in it 

That's gonna be a heavy lift for ANY the above.. Trump himself made this clear.

And I would just like to say here, I am not hopeful in regards to any of it ..

These assholes got their asses covered every which way to Sunday ..

So far, like the last 8 years, all I see is cheap street theater / kabuki dancing..

In the last 8 ---> people should have gone down .. and before that, and before that, so on and so forth.

THIS is what we have. THIS is where we are at ...

Honest to God, I do not see that trend as changin .. but will be happy to retract every utterance to be proved wrong.

BobEore's picture

Ain't that the truth!

The pretend shock and indignation on display in this piece are priceless...

"meanwhile the ridiculous game with very high stakes of spy vs spy, or in this case source vs source, continues"///

as if high stakes intrigue and dirty dealings of all descriptions ARE NOT A FEATURE of politics as usual the world over! Yet every four years, we're supposed to believe that a 'new era' of "transparent government"... "open communication" yabbayabba... has arrived. And that operatives of TEAM OTHER have a lock upon the Dirty Tricks Dept.

Certainly, some here are naive enough to buy it all - recycled verbiage, repackaged and sold as "new and improved formula"... but the desperation behind the effort on display here to "contain the stain" which impartially spreads upon the reputations of ALL who arrive in high offices... is laughably evident.

Winning? Err, no. Spinnin.

Nuthin new under this ol sun!

Giant Meteor's picture

Don't disagree Bob ..

I am reminded of, "you can't spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You fucked up... you trusted us!"

You're correct in the evaluation. The thing is however, to my way of seeing, it has never been made more obvious, painfully obvious, other than right now, this very moment, (with exception given to 9/11).

That may mean opportunity, although I have to admit, it isn't looking very promising at all. And then again, something larger is brewing ..

So it matters, if nothing else for documentation and posterity purposes .. A time capsule of sorts, if you will. 

That, and just maybe Bob, humanity, IF it gets a second chance, may learn better, and get it right for the next time.


otschelnik's picture

You mean like Wikileaks exposure of DNC corruption in the Podesta leak.  That was all true, right?  Therefore if the Russians did it, it doesn't matter!  See there's a flaw in your logic, dude.

BeanusCountus's picture

Deleted.  Previous poster said it all, just hadn't gotten that far down.

Got The Wrong No's picture

A swamp is a swamp because there is no place for the water to go naturally. you have to pump it out and fill it in. While you are pumping it out, the pumps get clogged on a regular basis impeding progress. You also have the problem of pissing off the swamp creatures at the same time and they will try and bite you in the ass. The DC swamp is proving to be exactly the same. Hopefully, the swamp creatures will be biting each others asses soon, thinking it will save them. Cannibalizing themselves will hopefully speed up the process. The DC swamp is proving to be way deeper than anyone could have imagined. The ass biting is about to get interesting.

AGuy's picture

"While you are pumping it out, the pumps get clogged "

Nothing is getting pumped, out. But the sesspool is now draining into the swamp. More Goldmanite appoints, More war (now with Miltary Buildups on Russia & N. Korea).

So far Trump has accomplished zero:
1. Obozocare is still here, and Trumpcare bill is just as bad as Obozocare (just premiums will go up at 15% instead of 30% under Obozocare)
2. No Tax cuts in the works
3. No Federal Budget Cuts (Defense spending up 8%)
4. No cuts to Entitlements.
5. Hired rehired the Goldman Saks Gang to run the gov't.

Yes, these are not all Trumps fault, as the swamp is fighting to retain the status quo. Nothing is going change in Washington. He isn't going to get any tax cuts, or Dept budget cuts, or fix healthcare.

The one think he could have done is begin rolling back the Cold ware revival, but that seems to already been crossed off the todo list.

nmewn's picture

It was always going to be that lying POS Clapper but now, on to the next item on the agenda.

We're going to assume a FISA warrant was issued, now we need to know what evidence he/they presented to the court in order to get it. And that evidence better not be falsified or have exculpatory information missing in order get it.

Bald headed, beady eyed bastard.

DanDaley's picture

I never trusted that SOB...he just oozes arrogance.

Jim in MN's picture

I dunno Brennan is looking good here.  And this is non-FISA unmasking, more or less at will or as some in DC call it, 'for fun'.

nmewn's picture

Well its gonna be fun either way. If non-FISA we're saying FBI but then we had Comey pleading with DOJ brass to tell everyone there was no warrant, to which there was stone cold silence. No warrant he was aware of anyways. But Clapper had to know or he is the most incompetent DNI in its short history as well as its worst liar. 

At this point one thing is for dead certain, the whole...

"Trump must be insane! Did you see what he just tweeted about being spied on? He's a paranoid lunatic and unfit to hold office!" gone.

Poof! ;-)