by WorldTribune Staff, September 21, 2017
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power made “unmasking” requests on a daily basis in 2016 and continued making the requests in the days prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a report said.
Power “was ‘unmasking’ at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016,” multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.
“Interest in her actions is particularly high,” the Fox News report said.
The multitude of requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reports continued in the final days of the Obama White House, one source told Fox News.
In a July 27 letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, said the committee had learned “that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration.”
The “official” is widely reported to be Power.
Previous U.N. ambassadors have made unmasking requests, but Fox News was told they number in the low double digits.
Power has agreed to meet with the Senate and House intelligence committees as part of the Russia probe. She is expected to appear before the House committee in a private, classified session in October.
In a previous statement, Power’s lawyer, David Pressman, emphasized that, “While serving as our Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power was also a member of the National Security Council responsible for advising the president on the full-range of threats confronting the United States. Any insinuation that Ambassador Power was involved in leaking classified information is absolutely false.”