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Roger Mason Jr. an executive with the nonprofit Noblis and a member of the Trump transition team that focused on the national intelligence directorate Trump’s White House has looked for other ways seize the reins Officials have expressed an interest in having more raw intelligence sent to the president for his daily briefings instead of an analysis of information compiled by the agencies according to current and former US officials The change would have given his White House advisers more control about the assessments given to him and sidelined some of the conclusions made by intelligence professionals One official said the focus on accessing more raw intelligence appeared to be more of a priority under the short tenure of Michael Flynn who was ousted as national security adviser after less than one month on the job He was replaced by HR McMaster an Army lieutenant general who was expected to exert more control over the NSC but has found himself struggling to overcome skepticism among Flynn holdovers who have the ear of Bannon Earlier this month CIA leaders raised concerns with McMaster about an intelligence director on his staff McMaster moved to replace him but the staffer Ezra Cohen-Watnick appealed to Bannon and Kushner who got Trump to intervene to save his job FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump accompanied by from second from left Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Vice President Mike Pence White House press secretary Sean Spicer and (then) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks on the phone with with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday Jan 28 2017 in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Cohen-Watnick was a protege of Flynn having worked for him at the Pentagon’s intelligence shop Now the NSC’s senior director for intelligence programs Cohen-Watnick is one of about a dozen people in the White House with access to a full range of classified information including details of US covert programs His position also gives him the ability to request intelligence products from agencies On Thursday The New York Times identified Cohen-Watnick as one of two White House staffers who helped House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes view secret reports A US official confirmed Cohen-Watnick had access to the kind of intelligence materials but maintained he did not play a role in helping the congressman access the documents The official pointed instead to the other official named in the New York Times report Michael Ellis a White House lawyer who previously worked for Nunes on the House committee Cohen-Watnick has privately expressed suspicion to colleagues over whether Ellis could have been responsible for some of the leaks that had been troubling the new administration in its first few weeks in office according to an administration official The current and former officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the sensitive matters Nunes said the materials he saw showed the “troubling” extent to which information about Trump and his associates’ communications was spread around the government in the waning days of the Obama administration His public declarations came days after Trump officials privately suggested to reporters that they focus on that same topic a signal that the California congressman and the White House may have been working in tandem The White House also said the information validated Trump’s remarkable and unproven claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper though Nunes disputed that conclusion Stephen Slick who served in the CIA and NSC for three decades said intelligence agencies go to “extraordinary lengths” to safeguard the privacy of Americans He said officials “have no incentive to see intelligence reports they gather and distribute for national security purposes become fodder in domestic political disputes” At least some of what Nunes viewed at the White House is believed to be communications between foreign governments discussing the incoming administration which could have been picked up through routine monitoring of diplomats and other foreign officials living in the US Hayden said that Trump and his advisers appear to be missing the fact that such information is collected to give the US government insight into the thinking of foreign powers that can be used to Washington’s advantage And as president-elect Hayden said Trump would have had access to much of this information “These people wrote this not for the Obama administration but for the American government with full knowledge that whatever they were writing would be accessible by the president-elect or the president” Hayden said For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top News He was recently produced in court and has been sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment.was arrested by the police later that year and booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 333 (voluntarily causing hurt to 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