For months now, many have speculated that Obama’s former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, was the controversial figure behind all the unmaskings of Trump associates in the waning days of Obama’s final term in the White House. That said, new details seem to suggest that Rice’s successor as U. N. Ambassador, Samantha Power, may emerge as the administration’s convenient scapegoat is this particular scandal.
As the Washington Free Beacon points out today (via some anonymous sources so take it with a grain of salt), Power appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team. If true, Power’s role in the unmasking efforts would be particularly questionable since it’s nearly inconceivable that her position as the U. N. ambassador would require such sensitive unmasking activities.
“Unmasking is not a regular occurrence – absolutely not a weekly habit. It is rare, even at the National Security Council, and ought to be rarer still for a U. N. ambassador,” according to one former senior U. S. official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
“It might be defended when the communication in question relates directly to U. N. business, for example an important Security Council vote,” explained the former official, who would only discuss the matter on background. “Sometimes it might be done out of other motives than national security, such as sheer curiosity or to defend a bureaucratic position. Or just plain politics.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 20, 2017.