Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fact Check; Did Susan Rice Leak Intelligence Information?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fact Check; Did Susan Rice Leak Intelligence Information?

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Byline: Carole Fader

Did former National Security Adviser Susan Rice request that the identities of Trump transition team officials be identified in intelligence reports, and later leak that intelligence to the media?

It's true, it's false and it's unproven.

It's true that Rice unmasked Trump team members who communicated with foreign agents, according to various media reports. But it appears that she acted legally. And claims that she leaked information to the media or others can't be backed up with solid evidence.

It became clear that a high-ranking White House official with the Obama administration had revealed Trump transition team staffers when GOP Congressman Devin Nunes of California, who led the House Oversight Committee's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia during the 2016 election before stepping aside on April 6 after alleged ethics violations, said that he'd become aware of the unmasking of staffers' names during his investigation, found. Nunes, a Trump transition team member himself, stated in a news conference that he had seen intelligence reports that show that Trump and his team "were, I guess, at least monitored.

It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing."

After it was reported that Nunes received the information from the White House and had failed to share it with members of the House Oversight Committee, which was conducting the investigation, before briefing Trump and the media, criticism ensued.

Then, on April 3, Bloomberg reporter Eli Lake identified Susan Rice as the official who had unmasked the Trump transition team members.

Rice's requests were 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, Lake's article said. …

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