Ex-Senate Aide, James A. Wolfe, Charged In Leak Case Where Times Reporter’s Records Were Seized

Submitted by: trimble 7 months ago in News & Politics

Wolfe was responsible for safeguarding classified information shared with lawmakers.

An excerpt from The New York Times: A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested on Thursday in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records.

The former aide, James A. Wolfe, 57, was charged with lying repeatedly to investigators about his contacts with three reporters. According to the authorities, Mr. Wolfe made false statements to the F.B.I. about providing two of them with sensitive information related to the committee’s work. He denied to investigators that he ever gave classified material to journalists, the indictment said.

Mr. Wolfe, the Intelligence Committee’s director of security, was slated to appear before a federal judge on Friday in Washington. Reached on Thursday evening before his arrest, Mr. Wolfe declined to comment.

Mr. Wolfe’s case led to the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under President Trump. The seizure was disclosed in a letter to the Times reporter, Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with Mr. Wolfe. The seizure suggested that prosecutors under the Trump administration will continue the aggressive tactics employed under President Barack Obama.
There are 4 comments:
Male 9,692
I remember when James Rosen had his information taken for the same reason, I remember how civil Conservatives were when that happened......

Interesting to see what the responses to this will be.  I said when James Rosen had this happen to him I was concerned, Again I'm concerned by the Government going after Journalists.
Male 2,799
It does not matter what side of the fence you stand on leaks out of the government need to be stopped. Of course this is a two edged sword and people that whistle blow need to be protected  too. One good test is if it is a undisclosed source, as opposed to someone that comes out and said it in public. This also kind of makes it easy to find someone who is genuinely concerned, or just some political hack or just an idiot.
  The leaking of info for strictly political motives is just not a good Idea and has to stop.
Male 18,342
casaledana That's the best differentiator between a leaker and a whisteblower that I've heard. I'd not thought about it much.
Male 6,503
This guy is so fucked.