That moment when you look at real life and realize you’re living in a warped episode of ‘House of Cards.’
Hey, don’t take it from us.
As a result of the investigation into leaks aiming to hurt the @realDonaldTrump administration, today the DOJ arrested Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James A. Wolfe for lying about his contacts with @nytimes reporter Ali Watkins. Ali was sleeping with her source for years. pic.twitter.com/vFONGlhxp0
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 8, 2018
From The Inquirer:
Federal investigators probing leaks of classified information to journalists secretly obtained phone and email records of New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, a Temple University graduate who once interned with the Daily News, the Times reported Thursday night.
The Times said Watkins told the newspaper about the relationship when it hired her and also told Buzzfeed and Politico editors when she worked with them.
The Times did not specify what leaks were being investigated, but cited Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vow to crack down on leakers, and noted that similar tactics were pursued under President Barack Obama.
Watkins’ personal lawyer, Mark J. MacDougall, told the Times: “It’s always disconcerting when a journalist’s telephone records are obtained by the Justice Department — through a grand jury subpoena or other legal process. Whether it was really necessary here will depend on the nature of the investigation and the scope of any charges.”
“Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and communications between journalists and their sources demand protection,” said Eileen Murphy, a Times spokeswoman.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to the Times.
Ya’ think? EL OH EL.
And if THAT isn’t bad enough? Check out this tweet from 2013 … we can’t MAKE this up.
— Ali Watkins (@AliWatkins) April 2, 2013
When you read this you said, ‘Holy sh*t.’
Or something close to it.
That's one way to acquire a source.
— Joe Colangelo (@Itsjoeco) June 8, 2018
— Caleb Box (@calebbox) June 8, 2018
I'll take "Tweets That Didn't Age Well" for $1,000, Alex.https://t.co/OqCByV2AVW
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) June 8, 2018
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) June 8, 2018
— I learnt code y can't u? (@clukens1) June 8, 2018
— Beer N Ammo (@Beer_N_Ammo) June 8, 2018
— Hitchens Harris (@lovingthelogic) June 8, 2018
And to think, this site is still FREE.