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Ex-CIA Director: 'Hard for Me to Believe' Rice Would Unmask

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Former CIA Director John McLaughlin (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 03:34 PM

John McLaughlin, former Central Intelligence Agency director, said it was difficult to believe Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's former national security adviser, would "unmask" Americans whose communications were picked up through incidental collection by government intelligence agencies. 

"It is hard for me to believe that the directors of these agencies would consent to unmasking for political reasons," McLaughlin said Tuesday on MSNBC. "That is — you just don't do that."

He noted reasons a director would reveal such information: "Sometimes you unmask the name in order to protect an American citizen," he said.

He presented a hypothetical example of a senator who needs to know a foreign official he is meeting is a spy: "You need to know who you are talking to, just for your protection and information."

"Thinking back to my own time in government, she was doing her job," McLaughlin added. "That is what national security advisers are expected to do. As they say, sometimes you do this to protect an American, not just out of an idle curiosity."

White House lawyers learned Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on occasions that connect to Trump's transition and campaign, according to Bloomberg.

"I leaked nothing to nobody," Rice told Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blasted Rice, saying she had a history of "political manipulation" of intelligence during the Benghazi case.

"When it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust," Graham said Tuesday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

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John McLaughlin, former Central Intelligence Agency director, said it was difficult to believe Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's former national security adviser, would "unmask" Americans whose communications were picked up through incidental collection by government intelligence agencies. 
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