Photo Credit: White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Colin Kahl, National Security Adviser to the Vice President, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice outside the West Wing of the White House, July 15, 2015.

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who served under then-President Barack Obama, has been named as the high-ranking official who requested that the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance be “unmasked.”

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Normally, the names of Americans not targeted in any criminal or national security investigation are supposed to be “masked” or redacted (hidden) in any report or interagency communication as a protection of their civil rights.

Multiple sources told Fox News that the unmasked names of people who were part of incidental electronic surveillance were then-candidate and subsequently President-elect Donald Trump, as well as those close to him — including family members — for up to a year prior to Inauguration Day.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.