A Friday Fox News report on surveillance of President Trump’s team, claimed that someone “VERY WELL KNOWN, VERY HIGH UP, VERY SENIOR IN THE INTELLIGENCE WORLD,” was responsible and for the unmasking of the names of private U.S. citizens.
In that report, it indicated that the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, knew of the existence of the information all the way back in January, however several intelligence agencies “blocked” him.
On Thursday, a report from the New York Times indicated the “identities” of two White House officials who were responsible for the information disclosed to Nunes.
Nunes met with sources in the White House just one day before he announced to reporters the striking news indicating intelligence officials under the Obama administration “unmasked” the names of Trump team members who were incidentally surveilled.
On Saturday President Donald Trump tweeted:
The Fox News report cited “a number of sources” with claims that Nunes knew of the information in January, and that the agencies (where the information came from) had blocked Nunes from gaining access to it.
Further, the report went on to cite officials within the agencies who said they were frustrated with the spreading of names for solely political purposes.
“Our sources, who have direct knowledge of what took place, were upset because those two individuals, they say, had nothing to do with the outing of this information,” Fox reported.
“We’ve learned that the surveillance that led to the unmasking of what started way before President Trump was even the GOP nominee,” reported Adam Housley.
“The person who did the unmasking, I’m told, is very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world and is not in the FBI.”
“This led to other surveillance which led to multiple names being unmasked. Again these are private citizens in the United States,” said Housley. “This had nothing to do with Russia, I’m told, or foreign intelligence of any kind.”
However, the two named in Thursday’s reports as the sources of the information in those stories were not Nunes sources.
“It was a navigation situation and the reason why they had to navigate, I’m told, is that Nunes learned about this unmasking and who this was, taking place back in January.”
“It took, obviously, a number of weeks to try to figure out a way for him to see this intelligence, because the agencies were stonewalling, we’re told, to allow him and others to see it,” said Housley.
“This is all coming from folks that are in these agencies and frustrated with the politics that is taking place in these agencies.”
“We’re told that the main issue here is not only the unmasking of the names, but the spreading of names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security and everything to do with hurting and embarrassing Trump and his team,” reported Housley.
“Fox also learned that an individual with direct knowledge that after Nunes had been approached by his source, the agencies basically would not allow him in at all,” said Housley.
Sources stated there were only two places where Nunes could have viewed the information.
One, being the agencies where the information came from (which, the reporting notes would have put the source at risk) and two, being the 18-acre White House grounds.
Housley noted that the Old Executive Office Building is on White House grounds.
He also gave specific information on where highly sensitive information may be accessed after hours.
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