The conversation about the recently de-classified list of Obama officials that unmasked Gen. Michael Flynn should be about the leak. This list is a list of suspects.

Certain government officials have the legal right to unmask the identities of U.S. citizens who are recorded by the National Security Agency speaking to foreigners. The list of people who can invade the privacy of Americans is rightfully kept to a small group of government officials who have national security responsibilities.

Transmitting this type of highly classified information on to people outside of this small group is a felony. Someone on this list of people who legally reviewed the call between Gen. Flynn and a Russian ambassador is a felon. Someone who legally reviewed the secret intelligence then passed that information to someone who shouldn't have access to it and it ended up in the Washington Post.

The FBI has been reportedly investigating the leak for years.

The list of suspects is small and there is only one media outlet that leaked the conversation. How hard can it be to figure out who committed this felonious breach of national security and the civil rights of Gen. Flynn?

Among the government officials who had access to this secret NSA recording were President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and a number of ambassadors and executive branch staffers.

Every one of these people should be asked if they leaked the information to the media. America deserves to know what happened. And most of these people on the list deserve to have their name cleared in this matter.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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