Rice certainly wasn’t politically naive about the political uses of intelligence information. She was, after all, the Obama official who famously made the rounds spouting the false “Our intel says it was about the video” line on the Benghazi attack back during the 2012 campaign.
The parallels to Watergate are astounding. Then it the crime but the cover up, and instead of physical bugging devices on rotary phones we have NSA intercepting all manner of communications with spyware.
The only thing that is different from Watergate is that the press is running interference for the power elite instead of trying to expose them.