Classified Leak Against Michael Flynn Didn’t Come From an ‘Unmasking’ Request, Analysis Suggests

A list of Obama-era officials who made unmasking requests for Flynn failed to address who obtained information about the call.

by Chuck Ross

A leak of classified information to the media regarding Michael Flynn’s phone calls in late 2016 with a Russian diplomat was likely not derived from a so-called “unmasking” request, according to analysis from two former U.S. law enforcement officials, and a review of newly released government documents.

Republicans have for over three years suggested that requests that Obama administration officials made for information on Flynn during the presidential transition period were somehow tied to the leak provided to The Washington Post for a Jan. 12, 2017, story about Flynn’s phone calls with Sergey Kislyak, a Russian diplomat.

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