The ‘unmasked’ conversations of the president and his inner circle have become an important part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
As US intelligence officials revealed last month, a Twitter algorithm that enables users to filter out the communications of anyone they suspect of being a spy or a hacker was able to track down and unmask some of the people who were mentioned in the president’s private tweets, including his former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former national intelligence director James Clapper.
But the company has not provided an explanation for why it did this, and in some cases the algorithm was not working at all.
Here are five things you might not know about the US president’s unmasking.
Trump did not reveal the identity of his unmasked sources and methods on Twitter.
The president’s aides and the Trump transition team have said he did not disclose the names of sources and methodologies used by the intelligence community.
“It is very important to keep this in the shadows and keep it secret,” Trump told a news conference in March.
The FBI has confirmed that it investigated Trump and Flynn.
On March 13, the FBI confirmed it was investigating Flynn and that it was looking into whether the president violated laws by leaking classified information.
The Trump transition did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Flynn’s former communications director was fired after it was revealed that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The Justice Department announced Monday that the FBI was reopening the Flynn investigation after the Justice Department revealed that Pence had lied about his interactions with Kislyak during the transition period.
The Obama administration has also opened a criminal investigation into Flynn and other White House officials for their alleged role in the unmasking.
The NSA has declassified some of Trump’s classified national security communications, including some of his highly sensitive intelligence.
It is unclear how many of those documents were sent to Trump and whether the NSA could share them.
There are some other potentially significant details about Trump’s unverified claims about Russian interference.
Trump said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” on March 17 that he had received intelligence from Russia about the possibility of a hacking campaign aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“I was told by intelligence officials that they were watching the Clinton campaign.
They were saying, ‘Well, you know, it’s kind of a crazy theory, but there’s something happening,'” Trump said.
There have been reports that the NSA has monitored the communications and financial transactions of the Trump campaign.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, saying he never did anything wrong.
“We had nothing to do with Russia,” Trump said during a campaign rally on March 24.
“Russia didn’t do anything.
The DNC didn’t help me win.”
The Russian ambassador in Washington did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Business Insider.
The US intelligence community has released several memos and classified documents about the Trump administration’s surveillance of Trump and his advisers.
The memos detail the NSA’s effort to tap Trump and other top aides’ phones.
They include details of the FBI’s wiretapping of Trump Tower in New York and the wiretapping on Trump Tower during the 2016 election.
The intelligence community says the intercepts were not “incidental.”
The Washington Post published an explosive article last week about the extent of Trump aides’ surveillance.
The Post’s chief political correspondent, Glenn Thrush, wrote that “intelligence officials said they had evidence that Trump associates had been monitored in the course of the surveillance effort, and they said the Trump team’s response was ‘disgraceful.'”
Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey and fired his deputy, Andrew McCabe, who was also a former FBI director.
He fired McCabe for what he called his “grossly negligent” handling of the Russia investigation.
Trump’s attorney has denied that the president had anything to do the unmaskings.
“The president did not know anything about the unmasks,” Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz said on “Meet the Press” on January 9.
“He was not briefed on the unmashing program at the time he was making the announcement.
The White House did not provide him with any information about this program, nor did he receive any information regarding the unmassing from any government agency.”
Trump claimed in a speech last week that he was the target of a “very successful” intelligence operation.
The former president claimed that he and the Russian ambassador had a “tactical discussion” in the Oval Office about the Russian military campaign in Syria.
“At one point, I said, ‘This is so important, this is so urgent.
We have to find out what happened,'” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
The CIA has released a statement saying it has no information to support Trump’s claim that it unmaskeds targets in the intelligence gathering effort.