Robert Gehl reports that when Susan Rice was digging through the Trump campaigns communications with Russian officials, exactly what was she looking for?
The answer may be held by Edward Snowden.
The former National Security Agency contractor provided a British newspaper with a pile of top-secret documents that showed that the U.S. wiretaps a bunch of embassies in Washington – our friends and adversaries.
Susan Rice, who was then Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, asked that dozens of these reports from intelligence agencies that identified a “U.S. Citizen” be unmasked – she demanded to know who they are, The Washington Times reports.
The bugging would be done under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the NSA to tap electronic communications of virtually any foreign operative. Targets do not have to be suspected spies or terrorists to fetch surveillance. They can simply be foreign agents conducting diplomacy.
The Snowden-provided documents show that in 2010 the U.S. bugged the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington. Other targeted embassies in Washington included, France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India and Middle East countries.
Today, it is known that the U.S. bugged the Russian embassy. It intercepted calls between retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then Mr. Trump’s incoming National Security adviser, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.
Mr. Flynn’s name was “unmasked” by the Obama administration, and the contents of the calls were leaked to the news media. Legal experts say the leaking amounts to a felony.
The Guardian said one of the spy operations was dubbed “Dropmire.” It involved placing a bug in the EU’s fax machine in Washington.
Other code names for such intercepts were “Perdido,” Blackfoot,” “Wabash”, and “Powell.”
Blackfoot and Wabash were operations against the French mission at the United Nations and its embassy in Washington.