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CNN’s John King Shows Susan Rice’s Flip-Flop Re: Unmasking (video)

Posted by FactReal on April 5, 2017

WOW! GREAT TO SEE CNN DOING THEIR WORK OF REPORTING ONCE IN A WHILE
CNN John King showed Tuesday afternoon the contradictory versions given by Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice about her role in “unmasking” the names of Trump associates on intelligence reports.

3/22/2017: On PBS with Judy Woodruff, Susan Rice denied knowledge:[1]

SUSAN RICE: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today. I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring. But he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal lawful surveillance and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens.

4/04/2017: On MSNBC with by Andrea Mitchell, Susan Rice accepts participation in the unmasking:[2]

RICE: There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a U.S. person was referred to. Name not provided – just “U.S. person.” And sometimes in that context in order to understand the importance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information, as to who that U.S. official was.

Susan Rice also said on April 4: “I didn’t request unmasking of Trump team members for political reasons.

ONE QUESTION:
Did Susan Rice “unmask” (reveal the identities of) U.S. citizens as part of a political fishing expedition or as part of possible national security concern?

We are being told that “unmasking” is not illegal when done as part of a legitimate investigation, but “unmasking” can allow for backdoor surveillance of American citizens.

However, Susan Rice was a political operative, not an investigator.

FOR THE RECORD:
Twitchy reports: PBS releases full transcript of Susan Rice Q&A ‘people have distorted,’ but Brit Hume’s not buying it:

“The transcript refutes her denial. She was asked a very broad question about Trump associates being swept up in intelligence,” Brit Hume responded to PBS in a tweet.

Fox News’ Brit Hume notes also that the full transcript shows she was asked very broadly about the possibility that Donald Trump and people around him in his campaign were caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals and their names disclosed. “Do you know anything about this?” is about as broad a question as can be asked.

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Here is transcript of Woodruff’s full question to Susan Rice:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Susan Rice, welcome to the program. So we invited you on to talk about several things, but in the last few hours we’ve been following a disclosure by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence during the final days of the Obama administration – during the transition, after President Trump had been elected – that he [Trump] and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals and that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

SUSAN RICE: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

And let’s back up and recall where we have been. The President of the United States accused his predecessor, President Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. Nothing of the sort occurred, and we have heard that confirmed by the director of the FBI, who also pointed out that no president, no White House can order the surveillance of another American citizen.

That can only come from the Justice Department, with the approval of a FISA court. So, today, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring, but he said that whatever he was referring to was a legal, lawful surveillance, and that it was potentially incidental collection on American citizens.

And I think it’s important for people to understand what “incidental” means. That means that the target was either a foreign entity or somebody under criminal investigation, and that the Americans who were talking to those targets may have been picked up.

3/22/2017: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, said he had received evidence that some of the Trump transition team’s communications with foreign actors were surveilled by the Obama administration:

I also said that while there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower, I was concerned that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.

1. I recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.

2. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.

3. I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked.

4. I want to be clear: None of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.

SOURCES:
[1] PBS: “Susan Rice: The world wonders and worries if the White House can be trusted” (3/22/2017)
#http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/susan-rice-world-wonders-worries-white-house-can-trusted/
video:#https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f3ScOY5FJY
Archived video as aired by PBS

[2] MSNBC: “‘I leaked nothing to nobody,’ Susan Rice insists” (4/4/17)
#http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell-reports/watch/-i-leaked-nothing-to-nobody-susan-rice-insists-913714243789
Video and transcript via RealClearPolitics

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Evelyn Farkas to Obama: Release FBI Info on Trump Dossier (Op-Ed on 1/12/2017)

Posted by FactReal on April 4, 2017

EvelynFarkasSpyNovelTrumpPutinDays before Trump took oath, Evelyn Farkas (Obama’s infamous official) wrote an op-ed in Newsweek urging then-President Obama “to share with the public the information the FBI has to date” on the discredited Trump Dirty Dossier.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FARKAS’ OP-ED:
Besides asking Obama to release FBI intel on Trump:
– Farkas encouraged “journalists and the world” not to dismiss the discredited, salacious Trump dossier published by BuzzFeed.

The Trump dossier is full of uncorroborated allegations. Evelyn Farkas acknowledged that, but at the same time she didn’t want people to dismiss it:

“Whether the information is partly true, all true, partly false or all false, the dossier, compiled by a former British intelligence officer as part of opposition political research on Donald Trump, cannot simply be dismissed.”

– Since Trump team had not disavowed the dossier, Farkas jumped to the conclusion that “[t]heir silence, for now, could indicate there is something to it.”

– She also wanted Trump “to explain the full extent of his ties with the Kremlin and influential Russians” based on the dossier.

– Farkas revealed that reporters had been using the fake dossier since last summer:

“Leaving aside the most salacious parts of the report on Trump, since the summer reporters have been writing about and investigating links between Trump’s staff, the Kremlin and Russia’s sharing of hacked American documents with WikiLeaks. They are seeking to find the truth on behalf of the rest of us.”

Yes, we want the TRUTH. If we want fiction, we rather read a spy novel.

It seems the discredited, fictional Trump dossier has become the springboard for liberals to do their fishing expedition against the Trump team. Where is the evidence? Insinuations, conjectures and wishful thinking are not evidence.

PARTS OF FARKAS’ OP-ED:

DOES PUTIN HAVE SOMETHING ON TRUMP? OBAMA SHOULD TELL US
BY EVELYN FARKAS ON 1/12/17 AT 4:43 PM

The mainstream press is correct to be cautious about the private sector opposition campaign research dossier posted on the internet by BuzzFeed.

However, journalists and the world should not dismiss it entirely of hand. There are some things in it that are plausible — the internal Kremlin debate about their intelligence operation, why Putin’s chief of staff was suddenly fired and other items that ring true to those of us who have read intelligence reports on Russia.

[…]

They [Trump’s staff people] have resorted to claiming that since the Russian operation has had no proven effect on the actual vote tally, we should move along, leaving aside the fact that the information from the hacks did contribute to the presidential campaign debates and political environment.

The U.S. intelligence officials—no jokers—decided that the matter was serious enough to warn Trump. Whether the information is partly true, all true, partly false or all false, the dossier, compiled by a former British intelligence officer as part of opposition political research on Donald Trump, cannot simply be dismissed. Indeed, it seems unlikely that is was entirely fabricated, because the intelligence community chose to forward it to Donald Trump and we haven’t heard a disavowal of it from them.

Their silence, for now, could indicate there is something to it.

Leaving aside the most salacious parts of the report on Trump, since the summer reporters have been writing about and investigating links between Trump’s staff, the Kremlin and Russia’s sharing of hacked American documents with WikiLeaks. They are seeking to find the truth on behalf of the rest of us.

So, I will repeat what I have written elsewhere: We need President Obama to share with the public the information the FBI has to date on this issue, and we need President-elect Trump to explain the full extent of his ties with the Kremlin and influential Russians.

SOURCE:
#http://www.newsweek.com/does-putin-have-something-trump-we-need-know-obama-should-tell-us-542047

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Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Official, Urged Others to Collect Intel on Trump (video)

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Eli Lake, Mark Levin, Adam Housley Talked Re: Susan Rice Unmasking (Video)

Posted by FactReal on April 3, 2017

Mark Levin interviewed on Monday reporters Eli Lake (Bloomberg) and Adam Housley (Fox News) who broke the explosive story that Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, requested to unmask Trump associates:

Adam Housley (video mark 9:25) | Eli Lake (video mark 36:57)

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Eli Lake, Hannity Talked Re: Susan Rice Unmasking (Video)

Posted by FactReal on April 3, 2017

Hannity, Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake, Circa News’ Sara Carter broke down today the new revelations that Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice repeatedly requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials:

Hannity’s Opening Monologue: Susan Rice has a lot of explaining to do

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Obama Official, Susan Rice, behind Unmasking Identities of Trump Team?

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Obama Official, Susan Rice, behind Unmasking Identities of Trump Team?

Posted by FactReal on April 3, 2017

[Breaking News (We don’t know if this is fake news.) UPDATE 4/5/2017: Susan Rice accepts participation in the unmasking of U.S. citizens in the course of surveillance operations.]

Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported today that Susan Rice, Obama National Security Adviser, might be behind the scandal of revealing the names of Trump associates caught in surveillance.

Remember Susan Rice? She went on several TV programs to push the lie that an internet video provoked the Islamic attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
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Eli Lakes’s article: “Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel”:[1]

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”

The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review … In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.

[…]

The news about Rice also sheds light on the strange behavior of Nunes in the last two weeks. It emerged last week that he traveled to the White House last month, the night before he made an explosive allegation about Trump transition officials caught up in incidental surveillance. At the time he said he needed to go to the White House because the reports were only on a database for the executive branch. It now appears that he needed to view computer systems within the National Security Council that would include the logs of Rice’s requests to unmask U.S. persons.

UPDATE:
FoxNews[2] reported this last Friday without naming Susan Rice:

The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday. […]

For a private citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.

“The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election,” a congressional source close to the investigation told Fox News.

The unmasking of Americans whose communications apparently were caught up in surveillance under the Obama administration is a key part of an investigation being led by Nunes, who has come under fire from Democrats for focusing on that aspect.

Nunes has known about the unmasking controversy since January, when two sources in the intelligence community approached him. […]

This was long before Trump sent out his now-infamous March 4 tweets claiming then-President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

Nunes had asked intelligence agencies to see the reports in question, but was stonewalled.

He eventually was able to view them, but there was only one safe place to see the documents without compromising the sources’ identities — the old executive office building on White House grounds, which has a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) required to view classified or top secret reports. The White House did not tell Nunes about the existence of the intelligence reports, but did help him gain access to the documents at his request, the source said. […]

“Unmasking is not unprecedented, but unmasking for political purposes … specifically of Trump transition team members … is highly suspect and questionable,” an intelligence source told Fox News. “Opposition by some in the intelligence agencies who were very connected to the Obama and Clinton teams was strong. After Trump was elected, they decided they were going to ruin his presidency by picking them off one by one.”

READ MORE:
[1] Bloomberg: “Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel”
#https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-03/top-obama-adviser-sought-names-of-trump-associates-in-intel (4/3/2017)
[2] FoxNews: “Intelligence official who ‘unmasked’ Trump associates is ‘very high up,’ source says” (3/31/2017)
#http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/31/intelligence-official-who-unmasked-trump-associates-is-very-high-up-source-says.html

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2016 Evelyn Farkas wrote: Intel Agencies Must Release Trump Info before Inauguration

Posted by FactReal on April 2, 2017

In December 2016, Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Pentagon expert on Russia, wrote an article for Politico urging the intelligence community to release more information on the alleged Trump-Russia connection before Trump’s Inauguration.

This is the same Evelyn Farkas, who confessed March 2 on MSNBC how she and others collected and disseminated intelligence on Trump’s team.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE:
– “Before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia,” Farkas wrote.
– “The information needs to be made public,” she urged the intel agencies, “before January 20,” because the “American public doesn’t have access to the data the intelligence community — all 16 agencies combined — have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump’s campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself.”
– She claimed that the Trump team “would be motivated to eliminate means of collection and analysis.”
– “The intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing,” Farkas wrote.
– Farkas included of a list of questions as a roadmap of what the intelligence community had to release before Trump took oath:
— What we don’t know is how much Russian money is involved, and what Russian money.
— How did Trump get out of debt?
— To whom does he owe money?
— Who provides the collateral for his loans?
— Is he beholden to Russian oligarchs and banks who are under the thumb of the Kremlin and Russian security services?
— What did Russia do to interfere in U.S. elections?
— Did any American citizens collude with Russia to assist in the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in elections? If so how, and were Trump associates, or Trump himself, aware?
— Have Russians given or loaned Trump and/or his businesses money, or provided collateral or other financial assistance to him?

COINCIDENCE? The media published these articles afterwards:
1/10/2017, CNN/Buzzfeed: Released a 35-page “dossier” full of unsubstantiated dirt on Trump (which Al Franken used the same day against Jeff Session during his confirmation hearing.
1/11/2017, The Guardian : “John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI”
1/12/2017, The New York Times: “N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications”
1/18/2017,  McClatchy: “FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump”
1/19/2017, The New York Times: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides” – Examining Russian Ties – Business Dealings of Campaign Advisers Are Investigated.

PART OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE IN POLITICO: [Emphasis added]

2016-12-12 EvelynFargasUrgesIntelligenceToDiscloseTrumpRussia
Here’s What America Needs to Know About Trump and Russia
My time as the Pentagon’s Russia-watcher suggests we need much more disclosure, and soon.

By EVELYN FARKAS December 12, 2016

We are only beginning to process the fact that a foreign country interfered with American democratic elections. But when it comes to Russia and its relationship with Donald Trump, the election hacking may be only the tip of the iceberg. The American public doesn’t have access to the data the intelligence community — all 16 agencies combined — have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump’s campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself. That must change before January 20. The information needs to be made public. […]

Given Russia’s capabilities and its recent patterns, it is not at all far-fetched to ask whether Trump is indeed the “puppet” Secretary Clinton mockingly named him in the second presidential debate. Is he financially and politically beholden to Russians close to the government and to the Kremlin itself? If so, is he prepared to accommodate Putin’s interests? […]

Today, we already have enough clues and too much undisclosed information to warrant worry about the puppet scenario. There are signs the Trump campaign was involved in coordinating this release of hacked information — then-adviser Carter Page’s trips and meetings in Moscow, and Russian statements that they were in touch with the campaign. And of course, Trump publicly called on the Russian government to continue hacking Hillary Clinton’s computers during a televised campaign appearance. His campaign dismissed it as a joke; it’s not clear everyone did. […]

We know, per Donald Trump Jr., that Russia makes up a significant amount of the family business. What we don’t know is how much Russian money is involved, and what Russian money. How did Trump get out of debt? To whom does he owe money? Who provides the collateral for his loans? Is he beholden to Russian oligarchs and banks who are under the thumb of the Kremlin and Russian security services? […]

…So before we even get to interagency debates on Russia, before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia.

The intelligence community, especially the CIA, will be loath to reveal too much lest their sources and methods are compromised. But if our worst fears are realized, Trump has knowingly benefited from Kremlin help, but those means may be jeopardized by the next administration, anyway. His team would be motivated to eliminate means of collection and analysis and of informing others in the executive branch or Congress. As the public and legislators press for more clarity, there are a handful of specific questions they need to focus on:

1) What did Russia do to interfere in U.S. elections?

2) Did any American citizens collude with Russia to assist in the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in elections? If so how, and were Trump associates, or Trump himself, aware?

3) Have Russians given or loaned Trump and/or his businesses money, or provided collateral or other financial assistance to him?

If the answers yield further evidence that the president-elect is indebted to the Russian government or individuals with Kremlin ties, the intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing.

There are U.S. government officials who know the answers to these questions; the most powerful among them, with the ability to declassify intelligence, will leave when power is transferred to Trump. It is bad enough that Trump has been labeled the biggest “Pinocchio” of all the presidential candidates by the fact-checkers at The Washington Post. But it would be far worse if his Geppetto, the man holding his strings, was Vladimir Putin—and if the people who were in a position to warn Americans did not do so.

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Evelyn Farkas 2016: Trump Would be Impeached Pretty Quickly (Video)
2016 Farkas: Trump and Putin – Two Liars Separated at Birth
Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Official, Urged Others to Collect Intel on Trump (video)

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