When an American’s identity in a classified intelligence report is unmasked, only those who have a security clearance and the authority to view the classified information may see the unmasked report, Martin said. The information may not be shared with individual members of Congress, let alone outside the government.
And yet that is not what happened, the names were exposed for purely political reasons to release them to left wing media. Rice and Democrats in general are using the intelligence agencies as an extension of the Democratic attack machine.
Only a tiny segment of the most senior intelligence circles had access to the unmasked report, so either they or people like Rice released the reports to the press. I tend to believe professionals would not have done this and the hundreds of other classified materials that were leaked, especially when everything released is political in nature to hurt Trump.