Veteran Reporter: Obama Officials Could Be Prosecuted for Spying on Trump

Veteran reporter Bob Woodward suggested earlier this week that Obama officials could be criminally prosecuted for their surveillance of Trump officials. As Townhall reports:

Woodward described the rules masking the names of Americans as “pretty strict” and said it would be criminal to disseminate the information if it didn’t have intelligence value.  

“Apparently what had happened here is a couple of diplomats who can be legitimately wiretapped were talking about meeting with Trump or people on his transition team, and of course you can learn all kinds of things from diplomats gossiping,” Woodward said. “Under the rules, and they’re pretty strict, it’s called minimization, you don’t name the American person who’s being discussed, and there’s 20 people in the intelligence community for intelligence reasons that can say, ‘OK, we need to unmask,’ or take the minimization off these names, but the idea that there was intelligence value here is really thin. …. This could be criminal on the part of people who decided, ‘Oh, let’s name these people.” 

It’s hard to tell what might happen. The mainstream media’s hatred of Trump is so virulent that they probably can’t be trusted to report accurately on the situation. But if it’s as bad as Nunes described, it’s possible that some top Obama officials could be facing jail time. 


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