WSJ: Susan Rice Was Not Alone In "Unmasking" Team Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

As part of its daily wrap of the Susan Rice newsflow, which focused on her first media appearance since she was "outed" as the persona responsible for "unmasking" members of team Trump, the WSJ provides two new pieces of incremental information: i) in addition to Michael Flynn, at least one more member of the Trump transition team was "unmasked" in intelligence reports due to multiple foreign conversations that weren't related to Russia; and ii) Rice wasn't the administration official who instigated Mr. Flynn’s unmasking, confirming there is at least one more high-level official giving "unmasking" orders.

But first, a brief detour.

"Unmasking" is a term used when the identity of a U.S. citizen or lawful resident is revealed in classified intelligence reports. Normally, when government officials receive intelligence reports, the names of American citizens are redacted to protect their privacy. But officials can request that names, listed as “U.S. Person 1,” for example, be unmasked internally in order to give context about the potential value of the intelligence. Unmasking is justified for national security reasons but is governed by strict rules across the U.S. intelligence apparatus that make it illegal to pursue for political reasons or to leak classified information generated by the process.

It is the accusation that Rice unmasked members for purely political reasons - ostensibly in coordination with president Obama - that has gotten Republican smelling blood in the water.  Republicans have for weeks signaled that they saw unmasking as the key to investigating the source of media leaks damaging to the Trump administration — such as the exposure of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in February after media reports revealed that he misled Vice President Pence about the contents of his discussions with the Russian ambassador.

To that end, earlier this month, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) pressed FBI Director James Comey in a public Intelligence Committee hearing: "It would be nice to know the universe of people who have the power to unmask a U.S. citizen’s name... because that might provide something of a roadmap to investigate who might’ve actually disseminated a masked U.S. citizen’s name.”

He went on to press Comey on whether specific Obama officials, including Rice, would have had the authority to request that a name be unmasked. “Yes, in general, and any other national security adviser would, I think, as a matter of their ordinary course of their business,” Comey answered.

Shortly thereafter, The Hill notes Nunes made his shocking announcement that he — and he alone — had viewed documents that showed inappropriate unmasking by Obama-era officials.

Today, Susan Rice came out to defend herself and told MSNBC that “the allegation is that somehow, Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,” Rice told Mitchell. “That’s absolutely false."

She added that “The notion, which some people are trying to suggest, that by asking for the identity of the American person is the same is leaking it — that’s completely false. There is no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking.”

And yet, that is precisely what many republicans are suggesting because otherwise there is no explanation for how the WaPo and NYT received, on a virtual silver platter, stories about Mike Flynn's communications with intel-level detail.

Perhaps Rice is simply lying as she lied on March 22 when in a PBS interview she said "I know nothing" about unmasking Trump officials. Less than two weeks later, we learn that she did.

But perhaps there is more to the story than what we know so far.

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And this is where the WSJ comes in, with the new info that according to a Republican official familiar with deliberations by GOP lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee said that the names of two U.S. citizens who were part of Mr. Trump’s transition team have been unmasked in intelligence reports. One is Mr. Flynn and the other hasn’t been identified. The report involving Mr. Flynn documented phone conversations he had in late December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

The WSJ then reports that Rice had requested the unmasking of at least one
transition official — not Mr. Flynn —
who was part of multiple foreign
conversations that weren't related to Russia.

And the punchline: "The Republican official and others said Ms. Rice wasn't the administration official who instigated Mr. Flynn’s unmasking."

In other words, the story that Susan Rice is the unmasker is incomplete as there is at least one more person exposing the identities of people in Trump's circle, and that the NSA and other intel agencies have been surveiling, accidentally or otherwise,  at least one, so far unnamed individual, from Trump's circle. It may well be someone that the WaPo and NYT have already published about, or it may be someone who has yet to hit the newswire, delivering the latest twist of the ongoing intelligence-fed news cycle.

For now the answer is unknown, although when Rice testifies under oath before the House Intel Committee, we hope that all outstanding questions will finally get answers.

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philipat's picture

Presumably another member of the affirmative brigade?

localsavage's picture

All of this is just verbal masturbation unless there are repercussions.

wee-weed up's picture



"when Rice testifies under oath before the House Intel Committee, we hope that all outstanding questions will finally get answers."

Ha! You must be as dumb as a bag of rocks!

She will again lie her ass off for Obozo...

As she has already done on multiple occasions in the past.

Cheka_Mate's picture

We knew something was coming down the pike when Obama fled to French Polynesia for the month at Brando's old estate for $2 grand a night...

TheReplacement's picture

Clap on.  Clap off.

The Clapper!

NoDebt's picture

Oh, it's ALL coming out now.


Pinto Currency's picture

Jerome Corsi had docs that seem to show Trump and 10s of thousands of Americans surveilled back to 2004. It's not just one other member of Trump's team:

Documents Show Obama Surveilled Entire Trump Family For 8 Years

New NSA Whistblower Goes Public About Trump Surveillance


The_Juggernaut's picture

I wonder how many lefties are smart enough to know that they underestimated Trump, and he's dripping this stuff out there a little bit at a time and nobody's bitching about the regulations he's getting rid of.  There's barely a whimper about reining in the EPA, coal, etc because they're focused on the Trump's flashy squirrel that just ran by.



BlindMonkey's picture

This is a delicious theory.  I'm fucking loving all this winning.

Overfed's picture

It will be winning if heads above the rank of Serf, first class, actually roll.

Manthong's picture

WTF is Comey doing still working in the FBI?

He and McCabe need to be to be in front of a Congressional panel and then Grand Jury ASAP...

for (at least) this and the Hillary Email coverup.


Fed Supporter's picture

“I’m not a crook.” -Richard Nixon

“I didn’t have sexual relations with that woman.” -Bill Clinton

“I know nothing about this.” -Susan Rice


Hillary tried, Obama spied, media lied, now Rice is fried!


jeff montanye's picture

after the republicans under bush gave the world the iraq war, in some odd way instigated by 9-11, which also spawned, a bit more logically, the war in afghanistan, the obama/clinton dnc has apparently adopted those ugly little teenagers (fourteen and fifteen respectively), once thought orphans forever, as well as the neocon worldview and cold war they exemplify.

making the republicans under trump/koch free to beat up on the minds that produced 9-11 and the neocon wars:

the more things change, the more they stay the same (sounds better in french).

Joe Davola's picture

There is no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking.

OK, but without the unmasking there's nothing to leak.

FrozenGoodz's picture

This is Trump's depth of intellect, or lack thereof, as a defense ... disregard all of the information suggesting we were colluding with Russia ... HOW DID THAT INFORMATION GET OUT!!




And the sexual predators at Faux run with it as the lead hourly

DaddyO's picture

If you could take a moment and attempt removal of your cranial orb from your rectal orifice and clean the excrement from your eys, you might find your constant penchant to play the red/blue/left/right game might look somewhat different.

Otherwise your comments just continue to be pure horse hockey...


bob_stl's picture

I don't know, CNN told me to remain ignorant...

PrayingMantis's picture


>>> ..."... Susan Rice Was Not Alone ..."

... part-Jamaican Rice (married to Canadian Ian Officer Cameron, an ABC executive producer [60 Minutes, This Week, ABC Evening News], ex-Toronto CBC TV producer and Rice's pillow-talk listener ... potentially a lamestream media leaker and operator of the Rice-a-Roni, sorry, Rice Cameron Family Foundation and part-Kenyan Obumboclot plus the whole gang of misfits at DNC (Dindu Nuffin Cabal) are all lying suspects ...

... POTUS should investigate the Rice-a-Roni Foundation for any <nudge-wink> ties to any "foreign-based" "Clinton-style donors" ...

... meanwhile, POTUS' SNL sick (as in deranged) impersonator, Hollyweird pedophiliac and all-around lyin' libtard-snowflake-jerk Alec Baldwin is in deep doodoo >>> "Shock: Hollywood Producer Says Alec Baldwin Was Fully Aware He Was Filming Sex Scene With 16 yr. Old Minor" >>>  and here too >>> "Producer slams Alec Baldwin's claim he didn't know he was filming sex scene with an underage Nikki Reed in 2006's indie flick Mini's First Time" >>>

... no surprise here ... smart Alec even calls his own daughter a "pig" (move over Rosie O'Donnell) >>> ...


... and btw, I heard kids don't Trick or Treat at Susan Rice's home because she will unmask them all ...  ;)


DrBrown's picture

FrozenGoodz=FrozenBrain...aka maximus doltous.

funthea's picture

Liz Wheeler is Awsome. She remindes me of that 80's porn star, Stacey Donovan. I mean that in the best possible way. I think Liz is quite a bit smarter than Stacey too. Both pretty hot.

mtl4's picture

Cmon, get the quote right it's.....


"I didn't tell nobody about nothing."


BLM would be proud of such a statement.

bob_stl's picture

I din't tell nobody nuffin.

funthea's picture

Well, as long as you are trying to relay the proper quote, I believe it was actually "I leaked nothin to nobody". Just sayin.

MonkeyKnutz's picture

Damn it, made me log in for that one! 

Drop the mike, you won the internet for the day.

No Time for Fishing's picture

Go long Orville Redenbacher the Trump show costaring the Obama Gang, Hillary and friends and the DNC is getting better by the day.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

He can only be there because someone wants him there, so he must be seen as a "useful idiot".

Lanka's picture

McCabe is the gate keeper for the pedo rings; extensive waterboarding is required.

SWRichmond's picture

WTF is Comey doing still working in the FBI?

Agree.  Comey has got to go.

cornedmutton's picture

Now's the time for cover up. Keep these people in their positions temporarily while allowing them the opportunity to try to hide their tracks. Meanwhile, they are also being surveilled form within. The trap closes as precisely the time and choosing of the watcher. Any more questions?

Sick Underbelly's picture!  Me!  I have two questions!!

Can we use the same cool stuff against Rice that she used against us? If so, will it be "legal"...or do we just not care?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



But.....but......CNN says we shouldn't be looking at this!!!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

The magic question here is, is she taking the fall or is she sold as scapegoat?! 

A_V's picture

She was convinced that Hillary would win, she never planned to go on this one way street to indictment.

duo's picture

6 months from now when the media get tired of this the left will realize that the whole Obama legacy has been reversed. Hell, Obamacare could have been repealed this week and the MSM wouldn't have covered it. Great stuff.

Sick Underbelly's picture

Oh just wait.

If a single change is made to Obamacare, and no repeal is made, then boom:

a) It's then "Trumpcare" or "Ryancare" or "Republicare"  and they will do whatever interests them to shame "Republicans":

  1) fat-ass brownie, obama-phone recipients will be filmed in the streets, cryin and bawlin and lootin coz they lost or will soon lose their healthcare

  2) Endless panels of shitster "experts" will be paraded through to weigh in on the "inhumanity", "greed", "violation of rights" and any other number of fabricated lies they can massage out of the data to throw at the "heartless Republicans"

  3) They'll run ads in key election states talking about how "regressive" and "backwards" the incumbent Republican is, and just how "real change in Washington doesn't come from taking things away from those who deserve it."   -- Here, I actually think this will be the message, regardless of Obamacare repeal and/or replace, or no changes made

b) The upswell will begin about the "social injustice" done by Republicans...see above

c) They will look for any type of tiny "blowback" possible, and begin using that to try to discredit the legitimacy of the current administration.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Exactly, Trump is playing them beautifully.   Damn fun to watch!

No Time for Fishing's picture

The lefty dorks actually think they are winning.

B1G mNy's picture

Great point. I think he knows the whole truth, but will play along and let them twist in the wind.

stubb's picture

Ooh, Alex Jones, now there's a rock-solid source with a stranglehold on reality. Barry might as well remove that tawny Polynesian penis from his mouth and familiarize himself with a copy of the Federal Prisoner's Handbook right now! 

I just realized that none of your sources seem to be Alex Jones. However, I enjoyed my reply, so I'll post it anyway. 

VoteSmarts's picture

As restated elsewhere, as observed by the #mrsCriminal, they should "all hang from the gallows."

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Ooh, Alex Jones, now there's a rock-solid source with a stranglehold on reality.


Alex Jones was right about the one else was. I remember the MSM PROMISING Hillary would win.


So......who to believe?

Four chan's picture

framing team trump, spying on team trump FUCK THAT OTHER TERM OF DECEIT 

stubb's picture

LOL, in our dreams. This will go exactly nowhere, like it always does with that glib little mulatto cocksmoker and his menagerie of bloodsucking communist freaks. 

NoDebt's picture

You might want to replace the batteries in your sarcasm detector.  In no way to I think it's ALL going to come out- not even close.  And I have even less faith that anyone will see the slightest punishment for any of this.