National Security Agency (NSA Director Mike Rogers, Republican lawmakers in blasting “unacceptable” leaks of sensitive information during testimony Monday before the house Intelligence Committee.
Permissible Rogers spoke alongside FBI Director James Comey, both holdovers from the Obama administration, in a hearing addressing the claims of Russian interference in the election 2016 and further controversy.
Comey confirmed at the hearing that the office is the investigation of Russia’s interference, as well as all possible relations to the Trump campaign. But the two officials also decried intelligence leaks, the GOP lawmakers describe as a big threat for the safety – some of these leaks have fueled the recent reports on the status of the FBI-Russia probe.
Rogers said he was “very concerned about the leakage of secret information.”
Comey echoed Rogers emphasized, “how seriously we take leaks of classified information.” He also said that he has seen “a lot of conversations about classified information-matters” in the press, and “a lot of it is completely wrong.”
When the officers complained of leaks, the Republicans tried to press the witnesses for details that might be responsible. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., asked Comey to confirm what the objectives of former Obama administration officials would have included access to “unmasked” name-or a US citizen by the way, in the discussions with the surveillance.
The term “unmasked” refers to what happens if the provided named accidental theme of state surveillance and documented, as was allegedly done with the former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in an interview with Russia’s Ambassador, leading to his resignation.
When asked, specifically, if he is a former President Barack Obama informed on any calls with Flynn, Comey said he could not.in the particular case or all the conversations he had with the President
Gowdy read off a list of names, questions about former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, former Director of the CIA, John Brennan, former National security adviser, Susan Rice, former Deputy National security adviser Ben Rhodes, former attorney General, Loretta Lynch, and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Comey would not confirm specifics, but agreed that these positions could have access to “unmasked” name.
If you have access to the name, that does not meant that you have to do in the situation, the “debunking.”
When Rogers was asked how Flynn could have been exposed the identity, he said, “I’m not going to discuss hypotheticals about individuals.” Rogers said he and 19 other people at the NSA to expose the authority, the identity of the Americans.
Rogers said he could not, the number of Americans exposed “already” offer in June 2016 until more research is completed, but had to acknowledge that, when you’re working in the US unmasked, it is detrimental to the national security.
Rogers served in the Navy for the last three decades, and was the College, is a graduate of National. He was appointed by Obama as Director of the NSA, he took office in April 2014 in the Wake of the massive leaks, the Snowden of NSA-whistleblower Edward.
Last fall, he drew criticism when he met with the President of Trump in New York, allegedly angering high-ranking members of the Obama administration to clear the visit with his superiors. It was reported at the time that the clapper and Secretary of defense Ashton Carter Rogers urged not to be dismissed, because of his meeting with Trump, but because of the security vulnerabilities to the NSA, and questions about his leadership.
If you are prompted for a response to calls for his dismissal in November, Rogers said, “I’m not going to go this way,” she told a reporter, “I am responsible for my actions.”
Rogers also said on Monday there was no evidence to support the claim that the Obama administration instructed the British secret service GCHQ to spy on the trump team during the campaign.