Rep. Devin Nunes shocked the nation with the allegation that some members of Trump’s team had been surveilled under the Obama administration. Democrats are maintaining that any surveillance was entirely legal – and that the Trump team was only “incidentally” surveilled. This means that they were not the target of a wiretap, but data on their communications was collected as part of an inquiry that targeted someone else.
The government keeps someone’s identity private if that person was not the target of the monitoring. Those names are almost always redacted in government documents.
However, the individuals on the Trump team were “unmasked” – meaning that their identities were made known to the intelligence community. Who did this, and why?
Susan Rice – national security adviser to President Obama – repeatedly requested the unmasking.
Bloomberg News, "Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel"
Wall Street Journal, "Susan Rice Unmasked"