James A. Wolfe, former head of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has been indicted and arrested on charges of making false statements to special agents of the FBI during the course of an investigation into the unlawful disclosure of classified information, according to the Justice Department.
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At the time he made the alleged false statements to the FBI, Wolfe was Director of Security for the SSCI, a position he held for approximately 29 years.
As SSCI Director of Security, Wolfe was entrusted with access to classified SECRET and TOP SECRET information provided by the Executive Branch, including the U.S. Intelligence Community, to the SSCI.
Wolfe is alleged to have lied to FBI agents in December 2017 about his repeated contacts with three reporters, including through his use of encrypted messaging applications. Wolfe is further alleged to have made false statements to the FBI about providing two reporters with non-public information related to the matters occurring before the SSCI.
Wolfe was arrested on June 7, 2018, and is expected to make his first appearance Friday, June 8, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Bottom line: They just nailed a leaker and, under Trump, they are going to crucify him.
Leak prosecutions didn’t used to happen regularly. The gov’t used to acknowledge that we live in a democracy and the role of the press is to report on the work of intelligence agencies, which wield extraordinary power. The FBI and the Justice Dept have lost its way on this.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) June 8, 2018
“This decision by the Justice Dept. will endanger reporters ability to promise confidentiality to their sources and undermine the ability of a free press to shine a light on government actions. That should be a grave concern to anyone who cares about an informed citizenry.”
Via the New York Times:
Wolfe stopped performing committee work in December and retired in May.