Confirmed: Susan Rice "Unmasked" Trump Team

Tyler Durden's picture

Once again it appears that Trump was right: the conspiracy theory that a close Obama associate worked to "unmask" the Trump team, resulting in the ongoing media spectacle over "collusion" between Trump and the Kremlin, has been confirmed, first by Mike Cernovich, and now by Bloomberg itself.

As noted last night, Journalist and author Mike Cernovich dropped an exclusive bombshell - naming Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice as the official responsible for the 'unmasking' of the incoming Trump team during 'incidental' surveillance. This was apparently discovered after the White House Counsel's office reviewed Rice's document log requests:

The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.

Upon learning of Rice’s actions, [National Security Advisor] H. R. McMaster dispatched his close aide Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Nunes.

Cernovich pointed out, as revealed in an article by Circa, that President Obama began loosening the rules regarding "incidental intercepts" starting in 2011 - making it easier for the US Government to spy on individuals who are not the primary target(s) of a surveillance operation.

As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats

And guess who had authorization to unmask individuals who were 'incidentally' surveilled? Former CIA Director John Brennan, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Obama's National Security advisor Susan Rice. Also of note is the claim that New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman has been sitting on the Susan Rice story for at least two days:

This reporter has been informed that Maggie Haberman has had this story about Susan Rice for at least 48 hours, and has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.

Fox News anchor Adam Housley tweeted on Friday that the surveillance that led to the unmasking began before Trump was the GOP nominee, and that the person who did the unmasking is a "very senior" and "very well known" person in the surveillance community - and not someone in the FBI. As ZeroPointNow noted, "this of course begs the question of whether or not President Obama would have ordered Rice to perform the unmasking."

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Until this morning, the Cernovich report was unconfirmed, with many in the "legacy media" accusing Cernovich, who recently was profiled on 60 Minutes for being a prominent member of the "fake news" dissemination team for being - what else - fake news. However, moments ago Bloomberg's Eli Lake confirmed that it was indeed Susan Rice who was responsible for the repeatedly "unmasking" multiple members of the Trump team, in what may be dubbed yet another "conspiracy" to delegitimize the current US president.

From Eli Lake:

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."

As Lake adds, 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 intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations -- primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.

Rice has not yet responded to a Bloomberg email seeking comment on Monday morning. Her role in requesting the identities of Trump transition officials adds an important element to the dueling investigations surrounding the Trump White House since the president's inauguration.

Making matters worse, Rice appears to have lied: while she has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking, last month when she was asked on the "PBS NewsHour" about reports that Trump transition officials, including Trump himself, were swept up in incidental intelligence collection, Rice said: "I know nothing about this," adding, "I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today."

Ironically, it's the same Susan Rice who two weeks ago tweeted the following:

Lies aside, according to the Bloomberg reports, "Rice's multiple requests to learn the identities of Trump officials discussed in intelligence reports during the transition period does highlight a longstanding concern for civil liberties advocates about U.S. surveillance programs. 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."

Perhaps, but they also served a key political purpose: to create a media firestorm of controversy involving the Trump team, and to delegitimize Donald Trump as much as possible.

Furthermore, the news about Rice also may explain what Bloomberg dubs the "strange behavior of Nunes in the last two weeks."

It emerged last week that he traveled to the White House last month, the night before he made an explosive allegation about Trump transition officials caught up in incidental surveillance. At the time he said he needed to go to the White House because the reports were only on a database for the executive branch. It now appears that he needed to view computer systems within the National Security Council that would include the logs of Rice's requests to unmask U.S. persons.

 

The ranking Democrat on the committee Nunes chairs, Representative Adam Schiff, viewed these reports on Friday. In comments to the press over the weekend he declined to discuss the contents of these reports, but also said it was highly unusual for the reports to be shown only to Nunes and not himself and other members of the committee.

In a tacit admission by Lake that Rice may have crossed numerous boundaries, the Bloomberg reporter adds "much about this is highly unusual: if not how the surveillance was collected, then certainly how and why it was disseminated."

However the real question goes back to square one: did Obama order the unmasking, and if so, to what political purpose?

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aloha_snakbar's picture

She looks like Eric Holder in drag

Where is the Kenyan Teflon Faggot, Barky Sucktoro?

froze25's picture

Team affirmative action strikes again. 

Mercury's picture

Remember how super-specific Obama's original denial was?

 

(through his spokesperson Kevin Lewis) "neither Barack Obama nor any White House official under Obama ever ordered surveillance of any U.S. citizen."

Also, in 2016/17, "wiretapping" is a term of art that does not specifically mean G-men in trenchcoats putting alligator clips on copper phone lines in the basement. There are troves of data collected on every person, every day. "Surveillance" amounts to opening up a particular spigot that already has a lot of stuff behind it.

CuttingEdge's picture

So will she on a ten-year rock-breaking stretch at Leavenworth any time soon?

Drain the fucking swamp already!

Joe Davola's picture

"neither Barack Obama nor any White House official under Obama ever ordered surveillance of any U.S. citizen."

 

But I did order surveillance on every US citizen.

 

LOL - Schiff trying to carry on the narative by claiming he should have seen it when Nunes did, even though he knew all weekend it was true.  Why do we hate politicians.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Making matters worse, Rice appears to have lied: while she has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking, last month when she was asked on the "PBS NewsHour" about reports that Trump transition officials,...."

Well....there are get-you-in-hot-water lies and then there are get-you-in-jail lies. She simply lied to the public. No big deal. It's done all the time.

/sarc

SWRichmond's picture

Why hasn't she been arrested yet?

Treason.  I wish to throw my hat in the ring when the call goes out for volunteers for the firing squad, after of course the trial and conviction.  She can have a running start from 800 yards out.
BaBaBouy's picture

>>>incidental<<< surveillance...

Ha... BullShit...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Yeah...incidental, as in 'on accident'.

Nothing to see here. Turn your idiot box back on, sit down and shut up.

FrozenGoodz's picture

My two cents ... once the leakers are found ... Trump will make them stand in front of him and show him just how they leak

 

tmosley's picture

Over/under on how long before she turns up dead?

Pinto Currency's picture

Limited hangout.
Surveiling trump goes back to 2004.

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) Pinto Currency Apr 3, 2017 1:29 PM

Trump is not fighting just the Dems and Obama leftovers, the Republican-controlled Senate is the most unified in recent political history.

TUMP has some TOUGH DAYS ahead figting the Swamp.

What is his strategy? 

https://goo.gl/1P1Cuc

 

#DrainTheSwamp

Is-Be's picture

A common fallacy is that all the woes of the peasantry can be sheeted home to the monarch.

On the contrary. The monarch's interests are aligned to those of the peasants.

Why?

Who is the Monarch's greatest threat? Not the peasants., the aristocracy. And who is the greatest threat to the peasants? Not the monarch, whom they rarely see, but the aristocracy.

For all the fine words and noble intentions of the Constitution, what you have in the USA is an elected Monarch and an Aristocracy of the wealthy.

And we see this dynamic being played out before our eyes. Anticipate a call it metaphorical arms from your President soon, peasants.

If you like your King you can keep your king.But only if you rally to his flag.

How stand the Colonels?

Giant Meteor's picture

Excellent. I have pondered such. myself.

How stand the Colonels indeed ...

PGR88's picture

Another reason America's aristocrats and elites don't like Putin - he is giving us valuable lessons (if we care to pay attention) about how to control oligarchs and keep them from stripping a country bare.

Pay attention Americans - what Putin is doing in Russia sadly will soon have to be done in the USA also.

Victory_Garden's picture

Coming to a theater near you soon?

eclectic syncretist's picture

Wouldn't it be even more interesting if it turns out this information was given to the DNC and/or team Hillary, thus demonstrating the political intentions?

Deplorable Nationalist's picture

That's what it was all about. Insuring 0bunghole's third term. When the bitch lost panic set in. The Russian shit is just a shiny squirrel to muddy the waters. It's getting to be blindfold and cigarette time.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Yes! And if it was disseminated to politicians and not exclusively to national security personnell Rice and Obama have one less legal leg to stand on. 

Bytor325's picture

Isnt that what Farkas implied in her MSNBC interview?

land_of_the_few's picture

Farkas has a great face. Please do not chase her with pitchforks. Perhaps she will repent and choose the true path to enlightenment, poledancing.

JLM's picture

Made me laugh.  Good one.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Of course, but as it stands Trump was proven right, and I would call that winning.

NumberNone's picture

It may not have been shared with Hillary, but it's a pretty strong bet that there was a plan for this to all be sitting on her desk the day she took over the oval office so that should could tear Trump & Co. to shreds post-election.  Telling her that she would be in jail during the debates probably sealed the deal on her plan to destroy Trump.

Can you imagine Hillary doling out filtered details of incidental surveillance on Trump and Republicans to her lapdog press...the info would be true but skewed to the point there would be no recourse for Trump.  

Libs don't know it yet they are so blinded, but the US dodged a huge bullet not electing Hillary.  

eclectic syncretist's picture

Well, there is also the the interesting possibility that the information was being given to Obama in the morning, and then he was out campaigning against Trump in the afternoon. That would be news I would like to hear about.

Px Fragonard's picture

Did she not say that seventeen agencies confirmed that Trump's people were in cahoots with Putin? How did she know that? When did she know that? Who told it to her? That was in the second debate, I believe.

Victory_Garden's picture

Bingo!

17 INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, SOMEONES ARSE!

Watch Sir Tucker tear this ridicules idiot obama dorkasaurus up and then closes the interview because of the stupid satanic idiocy at its finest exampling. THIS is the way to deal with satanist/luciferian idiots. TURN THEM OFF AND WALK AWAY. WASTE NO MOAR TIME ON IDIOTS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWX-T5cgJ50

 

bongey's picture

Wasn't given, they just read the reports directly. 8 former State Dept workers on Clinton Campaign still had access to classified reports. That is f***ing nuts, even while Clinton was under investigation, their clearances weren't pulled nor was their access. 

eatthebanksters's picture

This is the 'do anything for Obama' cunt who lied on three network news channels about Bengahzi to get Barry re-elected.  She's Barry's soldier who will do his dirty work and take the fall for him...fuck her!!  Lock this bitch up and torture her till she rolls over on her old boss.

Victory_Garden's picture

"...do his dirty work and take the fall for him...fuck her!!" 

Right and....he has.

 

Here is moar unbelievable stuff from the fake stream media....that are all of a sudden being replaced by a new bunch that are trying to save their networks by actually doing the right thing. It's seems so surreal...but then...perchance the intense radiation is transforming the liars into dare say....truth-tellers?

Magin that!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG9Jey8LL3c#t=0.284729

 


wren's picture

And what F'ing difference does it make when all this shit keeps getting exposed yet none of these criminals are held accountable? I'm sick of the soap opera shit show, it's time for SOMEONE to FRY!

Victory_Garden's picture

"it's time for SOMEONE to FRY!"

 

Takes a while to get the oil boiling hot so as to not melt, but to gently burn the skin right off the bone.

In the meanwhile, and sorry if this has already been posted sumwhere, take a look at the cooks.:

Mr Who is Setting a pretty outstanding example of repentance, and giving his shot at a comeback to the Light of real truth. Surly, God's view is upon you, Sean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er2dFJLgscY

 

Every tree has a fruit...

Sum are sweet, some are not.

Every tree is known by its fruit.

It might be good, and it might not.

Look through the masks...and say what they are.

If it's bad, no good, or dare say evil, call it out into the Light!

Evil comes in the suit of satanisim/luciferianisim.

Play thier games...no moar.

CUCKROACH...CUCKROACH...COME OUT...COME OUT!

 

SixIsNinE's picture

downvoted you but still a gong show fakenews kinda funny.

you're learning ....

let's see you turn it around and direct that humor towards prosecuting the traitors,

how's that sound?

Skankles for Gitmo 2017

NoVa's picture

any one remember her spin that the "video" triggered the Bengazi uprising? 

Victory_Garden's picture

Ding...ding...ding.

Re: Vid above.

Oil be boilin!

Fruits be fruitin.

buttmint's picture

baba-- +100

it sounds like "...incidental audit"

Think the IRS is benign? 

Giant Meteor's picture

Not only that, she's the perfect pigeon.

Meh, take us to your leaders .. ,

This shit goes all the way to the top of the chain of command, so sing little birdie sing ...

it was Barzini all along ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryzgDTU_aIY

MK13's picture

Is it the similar to incidental killing? As in it really wasn't intended but kinda happened - so we are off the hook?

CuttingEdge's picture

As long as I'm in the squad with a Barratt .50 cal - take that insidious bitch's head clean off before she's taken three steps.

SoDamnMad's picture

The Barrett is your way. My way is like the 20th Maine Regiment fighting to hold Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. "BAYONETS".  

Tarzan's picture

All you need is a chain in the swamp, let the bugs and critters take care of the rest...

Latina Lover's picture

Look on the bright side Susan Rice... you are so butt ugly that no one in prison will try to rape you, not even a self identified female.