If a lawfully empowered person investigating the subjects covered in the transcript asks for the name to be unmasked and that request is granted, that person may need to share the name with others to further investigate the matter that led to the unmasking in the first place.
So there is little meaning to the matter of who asked for the unmasking or who granted the unmasking as far as leaks go.
If the unmasking itself is the subject of concern, then this panel member is driving a misleading point. The leaking of the name or of the ensuing investigation could involve any number of people, not just the ones involved in the original unmasking request.
In a divisive campaign of questionable tactics, not all of them Russian-inspired, there will be a push to understand the election outcome. The winner of the popular vote of nearly three million more votes than the President is a significant event. It is seen as an important flaw within our system when states of very small populations which produce very little of the national GDP are overly represented in both the Congress and the Electoral College. That is becoming an imbalance of power that leaves too many citizens feeling unfairly deprived of legitimately deserved representation.
Push back against that imbalence of power, its abuse by foreign attackers, as well as home grown gerrymandering and voter suppression laws, is viewed as a democratic expression by millions who feel cheated, ignored, violated and voiceless.
In that atmosphere, the leaker is the friend and those who will not pursue what the leaks are proving are viewed as standing in the way of truths that are trying to come out.
This panel has a divided quest and it shows very clearly in the questions posed. The Republicans are looking for someone to blame for leaks that are exposing information that makes sense of what we are experiencing. The Democrats are looking for the missing elements that connect the leaks into a whole picture of another stolen election. Do these quests comply with citizen concerns or are they dictated by party dictated marching orders?
The charade of a unified effort could not be more obvious. Again, Putin shows his adroit manipulation of the West. Our laughable self-consuming federal government is, as ever, disappointingly true to form.
Leaks that are motivated by a patriotic fire may be illegal but necessary when the government is not trusted. When it is despised, the leakers look downright heroic.