Wall Street Journal: Acting chief of intelligence declassified names of Obama officials who “exposed” Flynn

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Quoting a senior government official, the newspaper reported on Tuesday that there were “several requests” to reveal the identity of the former national security adviser between the 2016 presidential election and the inauguration of President Donald Trump. in January 2017. The newspaper also reported that the official declined to say the number of people who asked for Flynn’s identity, but said there were several dates and circumstances.

While the names of American citizens should be kept secret in Intel reports, senior officials have the option to request that the names be released in certain circumstances to better understand the reports. In the past, some Obama officials have admitted asking to identify people but insisted there were legitimate reasons.

The decision to release the names was made by Grenell and came days after Attorney General William Barr’s decision to drop a criminal case against Flynn, the Journal reported. The official also said the names could be released at any time.

CNN contacted the office of the director of national intelligence regarding the report, but received no response.

The Justice Department made a request to a federal judge on Thursday to drop the case against Flynn, whose lies about his contacts with Russia prompted Trump to fire him three years ago. Flynn then turned Trump over, pleaded guilty to lying, and cooperated in the investigation of Russia. But he turned around last year, started attacking the Russia investigation and tried to quash his guilty plea.

The court must formally approve the DOJ’s request to dismiss the case.

In September 2017, several sources told CNN that former national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, Susan Rice, told House investigators that she had exposed the identities of senior Trump officials for fear of the property of the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. visit to the United States in late 2016. During the visit, which took place during the transitional period prior to Trump’s swearing in, the Crown Prince met with Flynn, the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Councilor Steve Bannon in New York, sources said at the time.

The Obama administration felt misled by the United Arab Emirates, which had not mentioned that Zayed was coming to the United States, even though it is customary for foreign dignitaries to inform the American government of their travel, according to several sources familiar with the matter at the time.

Rice told the House Intelligence Committee that she had requested that the names of the Americans mentioned in the confidential report be disclosed internally, as was the practice of officials on both sides.

The meeting preceded a separate effort by the United Arab Emirates to facilitate upstream communication between Russia and the future White House Trump.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen and Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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