CNN and most of the mainstream media have been downplaying a report by Bloomberg’s Eli Lake naming former national security adviser Susan Rice as one of the people involved in the alleged unmasking of private U.S. citizens swept up during Obama administration surveillance operations.

CNN addressed the claim earlier in the day, but chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto didn’t think there was much to it after hearing from former intel officials from both Democrat and Republican administrations.

The clincher, though, was a tip from a person close to Rice who told Sciutto the very idea that Rice would improperly seek the identities of Americans was false.

Maybe this was the reason for Susan Rice’s recent and mysterious credibility rehabilitation tour.

Update:

Also just in, almost two hours later:

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