New Scapegoat Emerges In Unmasking Scandal: Meet Obama’s Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

For months now, many have speculated that Obama’s former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, was the controversial figure behind all the unmaskings of Trump associates in the waning days of Obama’s final term in the White House.  That said, new details seem to suggest that Rice’s successor as U.N. Ambassador, Samantha Power, may emerge as the administration’s convenient scapegoat is this particular scandal.

As the Washington Free Beacon points out today (via some anonymous sources so take it with a grain of salt), Power appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team.  If true, Power’s role in the unmasking efforts would be particularly questionable since it’s nearly inconceivable that her position as the U.N. ambassador  would require such sensitive unmasking activities.

“Unmasking is not a regular occurrence—absolutely not a weekly habit. It is rare, even at the National Security Council, and ought to be rarer still for a U.N. ambassador,” according to one former senior U.S. official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

“It might be defended when the communication in question relates directly to U.N. business, for example an important Security Council vote,” explained the former official, who would only discuss the matter on background. “Sometimes it might be done out of other motives than national security, such as sheer curiosity or to defend a bureaucratic position. Or just plain politics.”

The Intelligence Committee’s focus of Power and other key Obama officials is a prime example of the Obama administration’s efforts to spy on those close to Trump, according to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation.

“The subpoena for Power suggests just how pervasive the Obama administration’s spying on Americans actually was,” said one veteran GOP political operative who has been briefed on the matter by senior Congressional intelligence officials. “The U.N. ambassador has absolutely no business calling for the quantity and quality of the intelligence that Power seems to have been asking for.”

“That’s just not the sort of thing that she should have been concerned about, unless she was playing the role of political operative with the help of the intelligence community,”the source said. “It gives away what was actually going on: the Obama administration was operating in a pervasive culture of impunity and using the intelligence community against their political opponents.”

New Scapegoat Emerges In Unmasking Scandal: Meet Obama's Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power

The House Intelligence Committee, which is spearheading the investigation into these efforts, has issued subpoenas for Power and other top Obama administration figures, including former national security adviser Susan Rice, as part of congressional efforts to determine the source of these leaks.

Rice was scheduled to speak to House Intelligence Committee this week, but the meeting was reportedly postponed. Some sources speculated this could be a delaying tactic by Rice aimed at pushing the testimony back until after Congress’s summer recess.

Of course, Power’s unmasking efforts would hardly be the first time the Obama administration used it’s U.N. Ambassador to do it’s dirty work.  Who can forget that time that Susan Rice went on her infamous apology tour to blame the Benghazi attacks, which claimed the lives of multiple U.S. citizens,  on an obscure youtube video that basically no one had ever heard of? Here’s a reminder for those who ‘do not recall.’

And while most of the country was outraged that Susan Rice went on every major talk show to lie to the American public, her efforts were apparently appreciated by Obama who granted her a promotion to National Security Advisor shortly after the scandal.

Of course, getting the “opposition research” from our intelligence community unmasked is only half the effort…the other half is leaking it to friendly reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post.  And that, according to Representative Ron DeSantis, is where Ben Rhodes came in.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Oversight Committee and chair of its National Security Subcommittee, told the Free Beacon last week that these leaks appear to have come from former senior officials, potentially including Ben Rhodes, the Obama national security adviser responsible for creating what he described as an in-house “echo chamber” meant to mislead the public and Congress about the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

“I think Congress and some members on the Intelligence Committee can call Ben Rhodes to testify,” DeSantis said. “He may be able to invoke executive privilege from when Obama was president, but he definitely can’t do that in any interactions he’s had since then.”

DeSantis identified Rhodes and other senior Obama administration officials as being “involved with feeding journalists some of these [leaks]. I believe he’s in touch with people on the National Security Council. It would be absolutely legitimate as part of leak investigation to bring him in and put him under oath, and I would absolutely support doing that.”

Call us cynical but it seems hardly coincidental that Power’s role in unmasking Trump associates was revealed just before Susan Rice was set to appear before the House Intelligence Committee.  Well played, as always, Ms. Rice.

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  • Andrew Pate

    It looks like they are all guilty by association and now have to cover their asses.

  • Ronald

    Huma Abedin , personal assistant to Hillary , who really ran the State Dept. , is not mentioned .
    Huma Abedin , is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood .
    “The work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within ” , a quote from Huma .

    • Bob

      That is interesting, from Clinton’s electoral campaign manager Podesta’s emails, released by Wikileaks, it is clear Clinton relies extremely heavily on her immediate team to come up with her policy positions – as if by immediate committee – and Clinton herself at times seemed a passive passenger in whole process. So Abedin’s strong personal and family links to Muslim Brotherhood would lend lot of support as to why Hillary Clinton’s State Department was so incredibly keen to get behind the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood’s armed jihad insurgency in Syria in 2011.

      • Ronald

        Add to that the Director of the CIA , John Brennan , was a convert to Wahhabi Islam , and Obama gave the Muslim Brotherhood $800 million for the Egyptian branch .
        The three of them should be charged with treason , Obama , Abedin and Brennan .

      • Pave Way IV

        Abedin wasn’t an ‘advisor’ – she was a damn nobody gopher and Hillary’s little lap-dog. At most, Abedin influenced Clinton’s shoe selection, not her foreign policy. Likewise, Powers and Rice were just nobody gophers to the ruling elite.

        Clinton a ‘quite passive passenger’? C’mon, Bob. Clinton is a damn psychopath. She is incapable of being either ‘quite passive’ or a ‘passenger’.

        She used Qatars influence to control the Muslim Brotherhood. She used Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s ambitions in Libya, Turkey and Syria to regime-change Assad and establish control of Syria (only partially successful so far).

        If Abedin had ANY connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, then Clinton simply exploited that for her schemes. Qatar and MB were just Assad-disposable tools to Clinton. All Clinton knew is MB could be bought and controlled via her pals in Qatar. MB were convenient and suited to the job, but she kept them on a very short leash and tried to use them to keep the FSA on an even shorter leash (Benghazi, arms smuggling rat lines, etc.).

        Clinton, Brennan (mentioned by Ron below) and all the rest of the Washington ruling class psychopaths couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Islam, Muslim Brotherhood or Wahhabi ideology. They were all very well-established and powerful control structures in their own right and easily exploited by the Clinton mafia for their Middle East domination schemes.

        • Mikronos

          She got enough ‘very personal’ email from her boss to have her husband “print for her” that when the NYPD found it whaile checking for his kiddie porn, it came back to bite Hillaria, and Giovanni Podesta, on her fat ass.

        • Bob

          Have you read the leaked emails?

          • Pave Way IV

            Yes. Have you ever read a copy of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs? Her parents were advocates for ‘Muslim rights’ and involved in the MB. Abedin was obviously somewhat sympathetic, but I just don’t see here as the mastermind for MB’s Sharia takeover of the world. For cryin’ out loud, she married Anthony Weiner.

            Ever see her in a burka? She was pretty tramped out most of the time. No, she was a cog with connections to the Arab world and MB, therefore useful to Clinton.

            If Clinton was never interested in the Middle East (and the money there), she would have had zero use for Abedin that whole time. There are some that think the emails show Abedin’s supposed influence pushing Clinton into MB and the Arab Springs. That would ignore the reality that Clinton fashioned herself Queen of the Neocons and, as an Israeli-firster, had the Middle East in her sights for a long, long time. Abedin was useful in that regard, but Clinton would have faithfully carried out the neocon’s Arab Spring using MB regardless of Abedin or her influence.

    • Mikronos

      That’s too Trumpic. And it calls into question the ‘interpersonal smarts’ of the leadership cadre.

      Remember “Fool me once, shame on … uhh, er … you?!!? Fool me twice and , uh …. er. aw fuck it.

  • Hrky75

    For all her efforts to prolong the suffering of Syrian people Power deserved to have her head mounted on a proverbial spike…

    • Mikronos

      She’s not an old lady yet.

  • Mikronos

    Oh, who to throw under the bus? It has to be somebody important enough to be noticed but unimportant enough to not know what to blab. And trusting, very very very trusting.