A lot of the talk surrounding LTG Michael Flynn being unmasked by the Obama administration has been about the Kislyak call. But it turns out that Flynn was many times in the weeks preceding the Kislyak call. And the leak of Flynn’s name apparently came from an unredacted report:
FOX NEWS – Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s name was not actually masked in a key document detailing his calls with the Russian ambassador in late 2016, Fox News has confirmed.
A congressional source familiar with the surveillance told Fox News that Flynn’s name was not redacted in the initial report about his calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and that his name from the unredacted transcript of the calls was then leaked to the press.
The timeline of that activity already strongly suggested that the numerous, recently revealed requests to “unmask” Flynn pertained to other reports. The source noted that Flynn’s calls with Kislyak took place during the presidential transition period on Dec. 22, 2016 and Dec. 29, 2016. The source then noted that a majority of the known Flynn unmasking requests from top Obama officials came prior to Flynn’s calls with Kislyak on those dates.
Fox News points out, via the ODNI, that “a U.S. citizen’s actual identity may be included in an intelligence report at the time it is first prepared and disseminated if such inclusion meets the agency’s minimization standard.”
The report goes on to explain that much of the unmasking was done BEFORE the Kislyak call…
According to the list of officials involved in requests to unmask Flynn’s name…former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made five unmasking requests prior to Flynn’s first call with Kislyak — spanning Nov. 30, 2016 and Dec. 14, 2016. Power later made requests on Dec. 23, 2016 and Jan. 17, 2017.
Then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also made an unmasking request for Flynn on Dec. 2, 2016, which also was prior to the Kislyak conversations; then-CIA Director John Brennan made requests on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, 2016; and then-FBI Director James Comey made a request on Dec. 15, 2016.
The list shows that more than two-dozen Obama administration officials made such unmasking requests prior to his calls with Kislyak on Dec. 22, 2016.
Almost a month before Flynn even had a discussion with Kislyak, he, and presumably others, were already being unmasked and spied on by the Obama administration. But hey, nothing to see here. The media says it’s normal and a-ok to spy on an incoming administration even though it’s never happened in all of American history.