Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the UN, at the Institute of European Affairs (IIEA) event in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin in 2018
A list of the names of officials with US President President Barack Obama’s administration who allegedly requested the “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn in intelligence reports was declassified (but not yet released).
Names of US persons ‘whose identities are included in the intercepted communications of foreign officials’ are usually redacted by US intelligence agencies. Requesting that the identity of an individual be revealed is not a crime but ‘disclosing an identity publicly or disseminating it for political purposes’ can be.
Via CBS news:
Former Obama administration officials, including former national security adviser Susan Rice, have previously acknowledged making unmasking requests, but have forcefully denied leaking any classified information or otherwise using unmasked identities for political gain.
According interview transcripts released last week by the House Intelligence Committee, Rice told congressional investigators she had “no idea what the hell a political unmasking” was.
….Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, who was a part of President Obama’s national security team, also testified that she had made unmasking requests, citing a “significant appetite for intelligence,” but said she did not recall making a request related to Flynn.
“Any time a U.S. person or entity’s name came to me disclosed or annotated or where I requested it and it came back, I never discussed it with another member of the human race,” Power said. “I have no recollection of making a request related to General Flynn.”
Power also denied ever leaking information to the press, she said.
“I have never leaked classified information. I have never leaked names that have come back to me in this highly compartmented process. I have, in fact, never leaked, even unclassified information,”
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