Sunday, April 2, 2017
President Plays Up 'Unmasking' Report, Criticizes Russia Coverage
President Donald Trump on Saturday pressed his unsubstantiated claims that his presidential campaign was improperly spied on, referencing a media report about the names of Trump campaign officials being “unmasked” in intelligence reports.
“Wow, @FoxNews just reporting big news,” Mr. Trump tweeted, paraphrasing lines from the story, which was published on Friday.
“Source: ”Official behind unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some unmasked.... not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on before he was nominated. If this is true, does not get much bigger. Would be sad for U.S.”
“Unmasking” refers to the process of un-redacting the name of a U.S. person in classified reports.
Only a small number of senior officials have the authority to reveal the identities of U.S. persons caught up in surveillance. Unmasking a name without a valid reason or authorization would violate rules designed to protect the privacy of people incidentally caught up in authorized surveillance.
As he tweeted about unmasking, Mr. Trump also continued his attacks on the other media organizations over their reporting into ties between Trump associates and Russians.