There are a lot of people who actually think that there are actually no rules on wiretaps, whether the so-called Title III wire taps requested by law enforcement or the now famous wire taps authorized by the FISA court. Law enforcement wire taps have requirements to “minimize” what is intercepted to only conversations germane to the investigation. FISA has more stringent provisions if a US person is swept up in a FISA authorized wiretap.
When it was first revealed that Mike Flynn had had conversations with stealth Russian ambassador Sergey Krislyak, the Washington Post said his conversations were confirmed by nine current and former government officials despite the fact that Flynn’s identity should have never been known, i.e., it should have been “masked,” to anyone other than a very select number of people associated with that particular wire tap program and, based on the facts in this case, it never should have been revealed.
House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes is making good on his promise to go after who ever leaked Flynn’s name. In a letter signed by Nunes and ranking member Adam Schiff, the heads of the CIA, FBI, and NSA are asked to identify all requests made for unmasking identities of US persons intercepted under FISA.
House Intel Cmte asking for names of Americans who may have been swept up in intel investigations & had their names unmasked (i.e. Flynn). pic.twitter.com/aZgrfyo3Q6
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 15, 2017
This is a screen grab of the letter:
The answers here will point a very clear finger to who allowed Flynn’s name to go from a secret that carries a stiff prison term for revealing it to the front page of the Washington Post via nine different sources.