Numerous reports are indicating that Susan Rice, the national security adviser under former President Obama, sought information about private individuals involved in the Trump campaign last year.
When raw intelligence material was gathered on foreign officials who were speaking about the Trump campaign, there were also individual members of the Trump team who were inadvertently picked up in the secret monitorings.
Information revealed by the private citizens who were Trump aides would have been of a highly sensitive nature, having to do with the plans of the campaign and the potential administration.
The conversations monitored were perfectly legal and there was no wrongdoing by anyone on the Trump team or those with whom they spoke, explained former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova on Monday.
When the names of private American citizens are incidentally collected in intelligence procedures, they are supposed to be protected by what is called “masking.” This means that their names are redacted from reports unless there is a perceived national security threat, the individual is in danger, or a crime was committed. In this case, it appears American citizens who were associated with Donald Trump were not protected.
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