[Ed. – The highly probable link between the unmaskings and such leaks has been evident for months now. But it’s news that congressional investigators think they may have traced the link in a specific case. That would be grounds for prosecution, if it can be proved who was involved.]
Congressional investigators have noticed a potential link between an April story in the Washington Post — in which the identity of a Trump associate was revealed in the context of information that could have been collected through surveillance activities — and an unmasking request made by former national security adviser Susan Rice weeks before the publication of that story, a source familiar with the investigation told the Washington Examiner.
The report described a meeting between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and an unidentified Russian individual on the island of Seychelles in January. Prince had represented himself during the meeting, which was set up by United Arab Emirates officials, as a conduit for the Trump campaign who was interested in setting up a “back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump,” according to the report. Congressional investigators are eyeing a potential connection between the leak of Prince’s identity to the media and an unmasking request from Rice that took place in the final days of the Obama administration.