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  • 2020-05-15
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
KEY Takeaways From the 'Unmasking' of Michael Flynn
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (


The term Unmasking has been thrown around a lot over the past few days and many don’t know what the term means or how it affects those who are unmasked. In general, when an American citizen is caught up in an investigation into foreigners they are masked as to conceal their identity from those working on the investigation or those who have access to the investigation. Unmasking is where their name and information is revealed, it is not a normal practice and usually has to be justified with some pretty serious evidence. Here is what you need to know about the unmasking of Micheal Flynn:

1.) Why Was Flynn Masked?

1.) Why Was Flynn Masked?
By Jay Godwin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Micheal Flynn was masked because he was a US official who was talking to an individual of interest to the intelligence community. It is not abnormal for high level US officials to be masked if the President was talking to a foreign leader and that individual was being watched by the NSA or CIA the President would have to be masked as well.

2.) Who Unmasked Him?

2.) Who Unmasked Him?


Former CIA Director James Brennan, Former FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Former Vice President Joe Biden are the biggest names on the list.

3.) The Criteria For Unmasking

3.) The Criteria For Unmasking


There are 3 criteria involved in unmasking according to Admiral Mike Rogers who served as the director of the National Security Agency at one point. 


1-Request must be made in writing 


2- Request must be made as a result of official duties


3- The request must be made because the name of the individual is needed to understand the intelligence

4.) Should Flynn Have Been Unmasked

4.) Should Flynn Have Been Unmasked


There was no real reason to unmask Flynn but there was no reason too, the issue comes with the leak of this information that followed. One official who made the request and got the name of Micheal Flynn unmasked leaked this to the media despite it being classified. This is illegal and everyone involved is denying that they were the ones that leaked it.