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ARE THE REST PROTECTING THE OBAMA REGIME?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 3, 2017) — A report issued on Sunday night by blogger, author and filmmaker Mike Cernovich regarding the “unmasking” of U.S. citizens’ names caught up in intelligence surveillance is supported by Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake as of Monday morning.
Cernovich reported that Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, is the former senior administration official apparently alluded to by Fox News’s Adam Housley on Wednesday night and Thursday who requested that the names be revealed in the context of her reviewing of the intelligence reports.
Housley did not identify the “very well known, very high up, very senior” person “in the intelligence world” who allegedly requested to know the names of U.S. citizens in the reports.
In a series of tweets and an article published at medium.com Sunday night, Cernovich claimed that “every major outlet had this scoop” but that “none would run it.”
Lake, a seasoned reporter, maintains that the new revelations do not support President Donald Trump’s assertion that his office at Trump Tower was “wiretapped” by the Obama regime just before the election.
In his last paragraph, Lake refers to questions regarding the “dissemination” of “the surveillance,” the parameters of which were broadened by an Obama executive order issued on January 3, 2017.
Housley reported that his sources told him that the distribution of intelligence reports which included the names of members of the Trump transition team were politically-motivated.
The name of Trump’s first national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was leaked to The New York Times and The Washington Post and eventually led to his resignation on February 13. Following that, questions arose, including on some “mainstream” media outlets, of a “deep state” or “shadow government” intentionally working to discredit and sabotage the Trump administration.
On March 20, during a hearing in front of the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey would not confirm that his agency was investigating national intelligence leaks which included the name of at least one U.S. person as well as two phone calls Trump conducted with foreign leaders in the earliest days of his administration.
Fox News reported of an exchange between Rep. Trey Gowdy and Comey during the hearing:
Flynn’s conversation was reportedly captured in an intercept that only identified him as a U.S. citizen. During his questioning, Gowdy asked about several Obama administration officials who would have had access to Flynn’s name and would have been able to “unmask” him. Gowdy mentioned ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-CIA Director James Brennan, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ex-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, ex-National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes. Gowdy also asked if former President Barack Obama was briefed about “calls involving Michael Flynn.”
Comey responded in the affirmative to all of the names except former Obama advisor Ben Rhodes, to which he said, “I don’t know.“
Comey did confirm that the FBI is investigating whether or not Trump or any of his campaign aides interacted with the Russian government improperly and any Russian influence on the 2016 election.