Attorney General Jeff Sessions just made a huge move to help President Donald Trump on Thursday night when senior Justice Department officials announced criminal charges against Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-time director of security James Wolfe.
Breitbart reported that in the indictment, Wolfe is accused of making false statements to the FBI. The indictment claims that Wolfe passed classified information to a series of media outlets, confirming long-standing suspicions of the career intelligence community’s complicity in leaks. Wolfe has been charged with three separate instances of making false statements to the FBI in the indictment, which appears to detail how he did allegedly leaked classified information to reporters and then allegedly lied about it to the FBI.
The indictment does not name who the classified documents were leaked to, identifying them as “Reporter #1,” “Reporter #2,” “Reporter #3,” and “Reporter #4” as well as “MALE-1” respectively. However, it is believed that “MALE-1” is ex-Trump aide Carter Page, and “Reporter #2” is then-Buzzfeed News now New York Times reporter Ali Watkins.
The Wolfe indictment makes clear that the government was investigating a leak about Carter Page meeting with a Russian intel operative in 2013 when it seized @aliwatkins‘ email and phone records. Here’s the story: https://t.co/Q7l2Z7uHs2 pic.twitter.com/pSwXXG49wF
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) June 8, 2018
It has been reported that Watkins and Wolfe were “in a romantic relationship” at the time Wolfe leaked the Carter Page documents. The indictment includes text messages that reveal that not only was Wolfe willing to leak to Watkins, he had a strong personal connection to her as well.
“I always tried to give you as much information that I could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else . . . . I always enjoyed the way that you would pursue a story,like nobody else was doing in my hal1way,” read one text from Wolfe to Watkins. “I felt like I was part of your excitement and was always very supportive of your career and the tenacity that you exhibited to chase down a good story.”
Back in November, Sessions testified that the Justice Department had numerous ongoing leaks investigations, including presumably this one.
“Members of the committee, we had about nine open investigations of classified leaks in the last three years,” Sessions testified to a House committee. “We have 27 investigations open today. We intend to get to the bottom of these leaks.”
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