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Friday, June 08, 2018

Suddenly the media cares about privacy

New York Times reporter Ali Watkins slept with the head of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who gave her classified information, which she used to build her career from college student to a Times reporter, one leaked story at a time.

Federal investigators seized her phone and her records dating back five years ago, when she was in college.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is up in arms.

Bruce Brown, its executive director, issued a statement: "Seizing a journalist's records sends a terrible message to the public and should never be considered except as the last resort in a truly essential investigation. We call on the Justice Department to explain how its actions adhered to its own guidelines for protecting news gathering from exactly these kinds of damaging intrusions. These rules protect the public's interest in allowing journalists to report on what's happening inside the government without fear of being investigated."

Oh?

Really?

Seizing the records of President Donald John Trump's lawyer -- breaking lawyer-client privilege -- is OK, but somehow a journalist's records are sacrosanct.

Or better yet, what about Barack Obama wiretapping and planting spies on the Trump campaign? Are they not "damaging intrusions."

As for "protecting news gathering," her news gathering involved being Monica Lewinsky to a man twice her age. Watkins has not denied trading sex for secrets.

Serious journalists should condemn her. As Noah Pollak of the Washington Free Beacon tweeted: "She was dating her most important source, Senate Intel staffer now indicted for flagrant, years-long lawbreaking. Were her employers, Buzzfeed & NYT, aware of how she got her stories?"

Stacy McCain wrote on his blog, "The former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee has been arrested after lying to the FBI about illegally leaking classified information to a young reporter he dated for three years. The arrest exposed James A. Wolfe as the source of multiple leaks of sensitive national security information — including details of the investigation of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page — to New York Times reporter Ali Watkins. Wolfe, 57, had been in a sexual relationship with Watkins, a 2014 Temple University graduate who previously worked for BuzzFeed and Politico before joining the Times late last year.

"And after writing that lead paragraph in the Official Neutral Objective Journalism Style, now permit me to add: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

Wolfe is charged with a crime.

His paramour is part of that crime.

Seized records? She is fortunate not to be under arrest.

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24 comments:

  1. Hopefully they will get her and her homies for conspiracy. Maybe a RICO when the whole thing is investigated. They STOLE national secrets that don't belong to them but to all of us.

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  2. Too bad RICO doesn't really work that way.

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  3. Of course her employers were aware of how she got her stories. That's probably the reason why they hired her in the first place. - Elric

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    1. That's certainly how she got promoted to the NYT, since by then she had built a name for herself with stories sourced in that manner.

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    2. OMG! Wait! Hold the pressers! (Pants pressers, I'm sure.)

      There was a misunderstanding. The lovely lass had helped James Wolfe move some furniture from his office.

      She admitted that she had "schlepped with him."

      What a miscarriage of justice! All over a phonetically diabolical pair of words: "schlepped" and "slept."

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    3. Sorry but that lass is not lovely by any definition, 4 eyes, no lips, fat face, etc etc, but for a 50 year plus old gov worker she's prime rib.
      You have to wonder how many more of these over the hill old men are playing sugar daddy for the next Mata Hari?

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  4. This stuff happens in DC every day. Women trading their koochies for career advancement. #metoo, my ass.

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  5. Progressivism has always been about establishing privileged classes. That's really what the civil service, licensing, etc. is for. It has nothing to do with excellence, but control. The press has been one of those privileged castes, getting away with things that average citizens would be prosecuted and possibly executed for.

    If I as a private citizen engaged in the kinds of espionage these people did, I'd be in prison.

    About time the double standard was ended.

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  6. If you leak classified information to the Russians you are a traitor, but if you leak it to the media who then publish it so that the whole world (including Russia) can see it, you’re a hero.

    The circle will be complete when she sues for sexual harassment alleging that her bosses made her trade sex for secrets.

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  7. I really miss Jesse Helms. a former Newspaperman and US Senator. We sure could use some of his tenacity and wisdom today.

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  8. So can we call her a slut, then? Or a hooker?

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    1. I believe the word you are looking for begins with "C" - preceded by "Feckless".

      "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

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  9. What she did was not reporting/journalism. It was theft of classified information through stealth. Thieves do not deserve the protections accorded journalists. Just as clients and lawyers who are engaged in a conspiracy to commit illegal acts can't claim attorney-client privilege, a reporter who is engaged in a conspiracy to steal classified information is not entitled to the legal protections given to honest journalists.

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  10. The media has gotten pretty self-righteous and unrepentant about "doxing", publishing the names and addresses of people they don't approve of too.

    They're just citizens like us. They have no special rights.
    JimNorCal

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    1. Well, don’t ask them, Jim. They are members of the Privleged Class who don’t have to follow the law or the Constitution like the rest of we poor proles do.

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  11. She benefitted from stolen goods(classified information)...that makes her complicit in a crime.
    Without a doubt.

    SC

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  12. “Seized records? She is fortunate not to be under arrest.”

    Carpe dame.

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  13. My guess is that theFeds had a steel lined titanium bolted search warrant.
    No argument, just turn it over. TG

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  14. Live by the Penis, Die by the Penis.

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  15. Nothing new. NY Times reporters have been wh0res at least going back to Walter Duranty, who slept with Stalin.

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  16. No no, the Media have always cared about privacy: their privacy. Your privacy can go to hell.

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