"This is completely made up"
At the beginning of the interview Susan Rice appears to overstate her importance as National Security Advisor for president Obama.... Here is how Andrew C McCarthy explains it at the National Review Online.
Understand: There would have been no intelligence need for Susan Rice to ask for identities to be unmasked. If there had been a real need to reveal the identities — an intelligence need based on American interests — the unmasking would have been done by the investigating agencies.Some of you may recollect how Susan Rice had to withdraw her nomination for the coveted post of Secretary of State, because, it was speculated, she could not gather enough confirmation votes, in the senate, given her history of half truths and obfuscation.
The national-security adviser is not an investigator. She is a White House staffer. The president’s staff is a consumer of intelligence, not a generator or collector of it. If Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill an intelligence need based on American interests; it was to fulfill a political desire based on Democratic-party interests.
Also, leaking to the press is not the aggravating charge she is being accused of.... unmasking U.S. citizens is...