Posted on | October 23, 2013 | 26 Comments
Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week.
Two administration officials confirmed that the mystery tweeter was Joseph, who has also worked at the State Department and on Capitol Hill for Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Joe Biden. Until recently, he was part of the administration’s team working on negotiations with Iran.
Read the whole thing. Joseph was doing a New Media Age version of an old game played by disgruntled D.C. types, the anonymous “leak” that disparages one’s colleagues or superiors. During the Reagan years, there were always anonymous “sources” who would badmouth the administration’s policy and personnel in quotes to reporters at the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Such behavior is disgracefully selfish, because the leaker’s motive — petty revenge and the advancement of personal ambition — is never made apparent in the press coverage based on blind sources. Backstabbing the boss, or sabotaging one’s peers, is not something that lying cowards are ever willing to do under their own names.