Barack Obama’s Aides Saw NSA Intel on Donald Trump
Former US President Barack Hussein Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed NSA intelligence “incidental intercepts” reports of Americans at home and abroad, taking advantage of relaxed rules aimed to help fight terrorism, spying and hackers it was reported Wednesday.
According to Circa, “dozens of times” last year, the intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures.
Circa reported sometimes the Americans’ names were officially “unmasked”, “other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible.”
Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about US citizens were Mr. Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
It was reported that some of the intercepted communications from last November to January involved Donald Trump’s transition Team members, or foreign figures’ perceptions of the incoming President and his new administration.
Intercepts involving congressional figures also have been unmasked on occasion for some time, Circa reported.
The NSA is expected to turn over logs to congressional committees detailing who consumed reports with unmasked Americans’ identities from their intercepts since the Summer of Y 2016 the report stated.
And the data will become a Key focus of the Russia election meddling probe of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
The news outlet noted that President Trump is seeking vindication for alleging that Mr. Hussein-Obama ordered that he be “wiretapped” aka survailed at Trump Tower during the Presidential campaign, a claim that has been refuted.
Circa writes, “Any proof Obama aides were using NSA-enriched intelligence reports to monitor his transition on the world stage could embolden the new President.”
“But perhaps the most consequential outcome of the new revelations is that it may impact the NSA’s primary authority to intercept foreigners: Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is up for renewal at the end of the year,” Circa reported.
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