It’s difficult to imagine a situation where a United States UN Ambassador would have a reason to unmask an American citizen in the normal course of their duties.
One would expect that legitimate matters important enough to rise to the level of international relations and the attention of the Ambassador would have already resulted in all parties being identified by the security agencies involved prior to being presented to our UN Ambassador.
That would probably be the case for legitimate unmaskings, but there’s no indication that any of the hundreds of requests made by Samantha Power in the last year of the Obama regime and her tenure as UN Ambassador are in any way legitimate.
The Free Beacon reports that Power “is believed to have made ‘hundreds’ of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.”
US officials familiar with an ongoing investigation have indicated that Power is believed to be the unnamed official behind “hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration.”
Last week Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA) petitioned DNI Dan Coats for his help with the unmasking issue in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation. In his letter to Coats, Nunes stated that the former Obama administration had “easy access” to classified information which may have been used to “achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information.”
It is now believed that Power was the “one official [whose] position has no apparent intelligence-related function” who “made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration.” Such requests are outside the normal realm of a UN Ambassador’s duties according to government insiders, and were made without specific justification.
Rep Nunes said, “Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate and articulated why that specific official required the personal information for the performance of his or her official duties.”
“If there are really hundreds, it is indefensible.“
A former senior U.S. official intimately familiar with the national security apparatus said, “Asking for an unmasking is rare at the [National Security Council] or the State Department. It is frankly shocking that anyone would be asking for dozens, and if there are really hundreds, it is indefensible.”
He added, “It does make me wonder why [National Security Agency] didn’t stop her by questioning this practice and getting the head of NSA to raise it with the ‘president’ or the national security adviser.” She wasn’t just being recklessly curious, she was probably working in conjunction or on behalf of both Susan Rice and Hussein Obama and would have no reason to tell him what they already knew.
The Nunes letter to Coats says, “The [intelligence] committee also understands that Obama-era officials sought the identification of Trump transition officials within intelligence reports. However, there were no meaningful explanations offered by these officials as to why they needed or how they would use this US personal information, and thus, the committee is left with the impression that these officials may have used this information for improper purposes, including the possibility of leaking.”
It continues, “More pointedly, some of the requests for unminimized U.S. person information were followed by anonymous leaks of those names to the media.”
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a member of the House Oversight Committee and national security subcommittee chairman says his investigation is moving in the right direction. He told the Free Beacon Wednesday, “The startling number of ‘unmaskings’ of American citizens made by Obama administration officials has undermined confidence in our intelligence protocols and Chairman Nunes is right to seek new legislation.”
DeSantis – We need to know what they did with this highly classified information
He said, “I applaud the committee’s interest in scrutinizing the behavior of Obama-era officials like Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes, and Susan Rice. “We need to know what they did with highly classified information.”
A veteran congressional adviser who has been briefed by senior Intelligence Committee members said the discovery of the role Power played in the unmasking could signal improper use of the information, given the fact that there is no conceivable legitimate reason for her to access it.
That source told the Free Beacon, “The outrage about Obama officials spying on Americans, let alone on the Republican candidate and then incoming president, is both real and legitimate. But there are still a lot of known unknowns, which could make things a lot worse.”
What may be even more alarming, according to that source, is that “the Obama folks may have made a deliberate decision to use Power, even though they knew it would risk giving away their unmasking campaigns, because she had no business making those requests.” He asks, “What was so bad they had to use her for the requests, rather than someone who would have had a better excuse but may have balked?”
However bad it gets we need to know what these Democrat criminals have been doing to us and lock them up as part of setting things right. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, it will only bring us more, and worse [if that’s possible] instances.
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