Susan Rice, the former national security adviser in the Obama administration, is questioning why she has come under attack from President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
In April, Trump stated in an interview that Rice had been guilty of following intelligence on his associates during the 2016 election campaign, a process known as unmasking, New York Magazine reported.
Rice allegedly asked for the blacked-out names of Trump officials who came up in surveillance because of their contacts with foreign agents.
"Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?" Rice asked in an interview with New York Magazine.
The interviewer suggested it was because Rice was an African-American woman, unlike Carney.
"I don't know … I do not leap to the simple explanation that it's only about race and gender," Rice added. "I'm trying to keep my theories to myself until I'm ready to come out with them. It's not because I don't have any."
Criticism of Rice intensified when Trump mentioned her in an interview with The New York Times.
"I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story," Trump said. "I think it's a massive story. All over the world."
Rice responded by giving her own interview in which she denied allegations she had broken the law.
"I leaked nothing to nobody," she said, according to Fox.
Republicans were quick to dismiss Rice's latest comments.
"This is screaming out for attention," an anonymous Capitol Hill Republican told Fox News. "... She's saying: 'I don't know why they all started picking on me to begin with.'"
Criticism of Rice from Republican supporters began in September 2012, when she stated on five Sunday television shows that the Benghazi terror attack in Libya, which killed four Americans, took place following a protest against an anti-Muslim video made in California.
Although this version of events was backed up by the CIA at the time, the analysis of the attack was later changed. Then-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers that Benghazi had been a terrorist attack.
The Republican source also rejected New York Magazine's suggestion that race or gender was involved in the targeting of Rice.
"Why would there be a subpoena for a white male?" the source said.
This was a reference to subpoenas issued for information from former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.