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The scene surrounding what is President Trump and the alleged surveillance of his transition team by the Obama Administration seems to continue to be ever so chaotic, as just yesterday, supposed sources for the intelligence which was taken to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who are private US citizens, were unmasked.
A report out of Fox News explains that 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.”
Fox News continued to say that the Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names said that Chairman Nunes now knows who is responsible — and that person is not in the FBI.
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, said Fox News.
“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 communications of the Trump team were collected during surveillance of foreign targets, Fox News said. Although, an intelligence source familiar with those targets told Fox News they were spied on long before Trump became the GOP presidential nominee in mid-July.
Fox News continued saying that citizens affiliated with Trump’s team who were unmasked were not associated with any intelligence about Russia or other foreign intelligence, sources confirmed. The initial unmasking led to other surveillance, which led to other private citizens being wrongly unmasked, per Fox News’ sources.
“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.”