Elder Patriot – Now that James Wolfe, the SSCI’s former director of security has been indicted for leaking secret and top-secret information to at least four reporters, it’s likely that a number of other indictments will be forthcoming.
New York Times reporter Ali Watkins was among four reporters who were cited but who remained unnamed in Wolfe’s indictment. While the other three can be reasonably, but not definitively, identified, Watkins identity is undeniable.
Identified as Reporter #2, she was having an affair with Wolfe. Watkins meteoric rise to national security correspondent for the New York Times was due to her willingness to trade sex for classified information, something she made no effort to conceal as far back as 2013.
In April 2013, when she was still in school at Temple, Watkins posted this moronic but telling tweet:
Watkins’ access to classified information may be quite a bit more widespread than simply being limited to her personal relationship with Wolfe and the seizure of her phone and email records by federal investigators is likely to turn up at least one other name.
At the same time that the indictment of James Wolfe was announced, CNN reported:
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into allegations surrounding a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer’s unauthorized disclosure of information, prompting the Senate panel to share records related to the federal probe.
The identity of the former committee aide under investigation has not been disclosed, but sources say prosecutors appear to be preparing charges soon against the individual.
Who could this possibly be? Perhaps Watkin’s past accreditations can give us a hint who her previous sources were. Watkins was still an undergraduate and an intern with McClatchy in 2013 when she broke this story:
“Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?”
Seriously, a college senior breaking a story that seasoned journalists missed? Watkins was a 22-year old navigating the Washington, D.C. swamp. She must’ve really been working those sources, eh?
There had to be more to this story. This warrants at least a smidgen of suspicion given what we know about how she viewed investigative techniques.
Feinstein wanted the Senate’s concerns leaked and Dan Jones was the senior staff aide to Senator Dianne Feinstein when she was Vice-Chair of the committee and Gang-of-Eight member.
Feinstein is not above such skulduggery. She was a member the Gang-of-Eight during the 2016 CIA, DOJ and FBI Counterintelligence Operation that targeted Donald Trump before stepping aside for Mark Warner.
Interestingly, Dan Jones has moved on to trying to prove the Russian conspiracy allegations contained in Christopher Steele’s dossier.
What about Virginia Senator Mark Warner who succeeded Feistain as co-chair of the SSCI. In text messages with lobbyist Adam Waldman Warner is exposed trying to set up a meeting with Steele without the knowledge of his Republican counterparts.
The Dan who is mentioned is Dan Jones.
How long before all of this comes back to bite Feinstein and Warner’s in their arses? The DOJ is working on that now.