Follow-up Unmasking Requests _re_ Former National Security Advisor

Link to source.

The link provides a copy of the list of White House officials who requested the unmasking of Gen. Flynn’s name in intelligence reports documenting the surveillance of U.S. citizens. By itself the list doesn’t appear to be a smoking gun, although for some of the individuals it may become one.

Of the 39 officials who submitted unmasking requests, only a half dozen or so appear to occupy investigative or intelligence positions. I’m surprised that so many political operatives had such casual access to sensitive data. It is notable, too, that all the unmasking requests were submitted after the 2016 election but prior to the subsequent inauguration.

4 thoughts on “Follow-up Unmasking Requests _re_ Former National Security Advisor

  1. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-what-unmasking-names-in-intelligence-reports-actually-means-2020-05-13.

    “There were 9,217 unmasking requests in the 12-month period between September 2015 and August 2016, the first period in which numbers are publicly available. The period was during the latter years of the Obama administration.

    The number rose during the Trump administration. The 9,529 requests in 2017 grew to 16,721 in 2018 and 10,012 last year.“

    Much ado about diversion from the crisis, me thinks.

    Flynn lied the the FBI, the incoming administration and to the court either twice or once. He is no hero by any stretch. Nor a victim. He is at best a liar and opportunist. At worst a traitor.

    IMHO

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    1. RE: “There were 9,217 unmasking requests in the 12-month period between September 2015 and August 2016, the first period in which numbers are publicly available.”

      How many were submitted by persons in political, not investigative, positions? If the ratio is the same as in the Flynn case (85%), that would be 7,834.

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      1. How many of those unmaskings involved an admitted liar, an unregistered foreign agent with close financial ties to Russia and a candidate for the highest security job in the US?

        Who was responsible for our national security before January 20, 2017?

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  2. …”that all the unmasking requests were submitted after the 2016 election but prior to the subsequent inauguration.”

    You do realize that it is because the phone conversation between Flynn and Kisliyak occurred during that time frame.

    There appears to be a lot of there there. But in actuality it is the deflection strategy of Trump and his minions to try and take away your attention form the failures of the current administration.

    And the Emoluments lawsuit is being allowed to go forward. So now there is another “thing” to distract from.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/497721-appeals-court-rules-against-trump-on-emoluments-clause

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