In defense of the NSA, past President’s National security advisers have had the authority to request this information. So the real culpability lies with Obama for putting an unqualified amateur in that position.
She’s not an intelligence analyst. Her background is in foreign policy and political hackery. Despite spending a few years on Clnton’s National Security Council, in the positions she held (director for international organizations and peacekeeping, special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs) she could only have been a consumer of finished intelligence products throughout her years in government. And the only qualification for being appointed to positions above her ability is her loyalty to whichever politician she attached herself to.
As I said I understand a President’s National Security Advisor has the authority to request the producer of the intelligence to unmask the names. But other National Security Advisors have experience in intel. Whatever you may think of Mihael Flynn he spent years in various intelligence commands. I don’t normally depend on Wikipedia as a source, but here’s part of his bio.
“Flynn served as the assistant chief of staff, G2, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 2001 and the director of intelligence at the Joint Task Force 180 in Afghanistan until July 2002. He commanded the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade from June 2002 to June 2004 and was the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command from July 2004 to June 2007, with service in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He served as the director of intelligence of the United States Central Command from June 2007 to July 2008, as the director of intelligence of the Joint Staff from July 2008 to June 2009, then the director of intelligence of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from June 2009 to October 2010. In September 2011, Flynn was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. On April 17, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Flynn to be the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Flynn took command of the DIA in July 2012.[18”
Flynn would have been familiar with the nuts and bolts of intelligence, particularly all source analysis. Rice would have no clue about it.
The only thing Rice could have done with the information, by training and experience, is use it for political purposes.
Of course, she would have had to provide some sort of justification to request the identities of those US persons to be unmasked. Naturally it wouldn’t be “for political purposes.” NSA would keep a log for each of her requests. I wonder if she even knows that as the requester the unmasked identities would have been sent only to her. If no one else requested the the identities be unmasked, or if the NSA didn’t approve any other requests, the leak could have only originated with her. That’s why if I were on the House or Senate Intelligence Committee I’d be in no hurry to have her brought before me in chains to testify under oath.
Various aspects of her dismal performance during the whole Benghazi farce convinced me that, while she’s obviously smart, she’s not very interested and the details of her job. I suppose that’s for the little people. That appears to be the case here. The other day she went on PBS and said she knew nothing about Rep. Nunes’ allegations. Did she even know an audit of her own White House log would disprove that statement? I’m convinced she’s not aware of the trail she left, how many finger prints she didn’t clean up. I’d run down all those loose ends before bringing her in. She wouldn’t know what hit her.
Source : http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/04/susan-rice-sought-unmasking-but-absolutely-not-for-any-political-purpose/