Ever since President Donald Trump took office, his White House has been plagued by a series of damning leaks. Now, Trump has finally caught one of the main leakers, and he’s about to make him pay in a huge way!
The Daily Caller reported that James Wolfe, the former director of security for the SSIC panel, targeted former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page when he made contact with three reporters as they published articles about the adviser. Wolfe has been charged with lying to the FBI during a December 15, 2017 interview about whether he knew the journalists and had contact with them on certain dates.
Wolfe denied knowing one of the reporters even though he was actually engaged in a relationship with her at the time. He has been charged with giving this reporter, Ali Watkins, classified information about Page.
“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,” Wolfe wrote to Watkins, whom he dated from December 2013 to December 2017.
Wolfe slammed the leak allegations on Twitter, writing, “Too bad misleading [SSIC] leaks brought more terror threats.”
“I honestly answered every question put to me during the so-called Iran-Contra hearings. But if they didn’t ask me about something, I wasn’t about to reveal things that would put other people in jeopardy”- @OliverLNorth
Too bad misleading SSCI leaks brought more terror threats..
— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) June 8, 2018
Trump spoke out to praise the Department of Justice for charging Wolfe.
“It’s very interesting that they caught a leaker — it’s a very important leaker,” Trump said, according to Breitbart. The president added that he is still getting information about what happened.
“It could be a terrific thing,” he added as he left the White House to head to Canada for the G7 summit. Trump explained that though he supports freedom of the press, it was wrong of Wolfe to leak classified information.
“I think you have a double edge,” Trump said to reporters. “You cannot leak classified information. At the same time, we need freedom of the press.”
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