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Friday, March 31, 2017

Intel official who 'unmasked' Trump associates is 'very high up'

The U.S. intelligence official who exposed the names of private citizens affiliated with the President's team is someone "very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world," a source told Fox News.

Intelligence and House sources knowing about the disclosure of classified names told Fox that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) knows who illegally revealed the names. According to their sources, the person responsible is not in the FBI, but Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer have not yet been mentioned. (See how you can spin a story?)

To unmask a private citizen, or for that person's name to be revealed in an intelligence report is as rare as an intelligent thought by Whoopi Goldberg. When it normally happens the American in question is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or must be named in order to explain the context of the report.

A congressional source told Fox News that "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'a interference in the U.S. election."

But rather than being upset with the unmasking of the names of private citizens, the Democrats are attacking Nunes for focusing on the felony (i.e., the freaking crime) rather than the possibility, not the actuality, that someone in the Trump camp may have had something to do with the Russians tampering with our election, in spite of the fact that there isn't "even a smidgeon" of evidence, as Obama claimed about Hillary's email server.

Which there was enough smidgeons to fill a tome.

The mistake that Nunes made, in my opinion, was to go to Trump first about the alleged 'wiretapping' of President Trump's devices by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign.

Nunes tried to get intelligence agencies to release the reports to him but he was stonewalled. Eventually, however, he got to see them at the only safe place available to protect the identities of the sources: the old executive office building on White House grounds in its Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), a required location to view classified or top secret material.

The White House did not tell Nunes about the existence of the intelligence reports, but assisted in helping him gain access to the documents at his request.

Naturally, the White House is pushing Nunes et al, to pursue what improper surveillance and leaks may have taken place before Trump took office. This now comes after an Obama administration official, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, told MSNBC that her former colleagues tried to gather information on Trump team contacts with Russia, which she is now walking back saying she used a 'shorthand' way of explaining that she enjoys opera and long walks along the beach and other non sequiturs.

House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (Duh-Calif.) criticized Nunes' handling of the investigation, and as much as I think of Schiff as a leftist dork, he makes a point--he should not have briefed Trump first. Nunes apologized the following day but said the briefing he had with Mr. Trump had nothing to do with Russia, or as Democrats like to say, "Mother Russia."

As it turned out, the citizens affiliated with Trump's team who were illegally unmasked, were not tied to any intel about Russia or other foreign intelligence. 

At least the Democrats have been able to take the focus off our real problem: radical Islam.