Little Red Riding Hood meets the Big Bad Wolfe in the swamp

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Little Red Riding Hood meets the Big Bad Wolfe in the swamp

By John Ruberry

A major story broke last week, and while the main­stream media duti­fully reported on it, there was no blan­ket cov­er­age, unlike in the case of the guilty plea of Trump cam­paign hanger-​on, George Papadopolous, one of the big catches of Robert Mueller’s Russ­ian col­lu­sion probe.

What was that big break­ing news? Recently-​retired Sen­ate Intel­li­gence Com­mit­tee staffer James Wolfe, who National Review’s Andrew McCarthy calls “a text­book swamp crea­ture,” was arrested for allegedly lying to the FBI. Wolfe worked for the Sen­ate Intel­li­gence Com­mit­tee for 29 years and he’s sus­pected of being a long­time leaker of clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion to reporters.

One of those jour­nal­ists may have been Ali Watkins, 26, a Washington-​based New York Times writer. As part of the Wolfe inves­ti­ga­tion, sev­eral years of tele­phone and email records belong­ing to Watkins were seized by fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tors. The Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists says it fears the move “could be an open­ing salvo in an ongo­ing bat­tle over reporters’ abil­ity to pro­tect their sources.”

Ah, about that source: In an arti­cle about the main­stream media uproar about the seizure, The Times, in the sev­enth para­graph of that piece, admit­ted about Watkins, “She and Mr. Wolfe had been in a three-​year rela­tion­ship, which drew the atten­tion of pros­e­cu­tors who were inves­ti­gat­ing unau­tho­rized leaks from the Sen­ate Intel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, includ­ing arti­cles that Ms. Watkins had writ­ten for two pre­vi­ous employ­ers, Politico and Buz­zFeed News.” Yes, Lit­tle Red Watkins was inap­pro­pri­ately involved with the Big Bad Wolfe.

Oh, Wolfe is 57.

The Old Gray Lady also dis­closed in that arti­cle that Watkins was informed in Feb­ru­ary that those elec­tronic records of hers had been seized. After speak­ing to her attor­ney, Watkins decided not to tell the Times. Left undis­cussed is whether she told any­one at the Times that she was involved in a rela­tion­ship with Wolfe. Buz­zfeed and Politico knew.

The main­stream media is com­prised of phonies and frauds. Had Watkins been an FBI agent inves­ti­gat­ing Wolfe, they’d be call­ing for her dis­missal. But Watkins is still on the job – on the same beat – which is fed­eral law enforce­ment. No sus­pen­sion, no trans­fer to the sports depart­ment or local school cov­er­age for the Times for her.

Here’s the big ques­tion: Did the New York Times know that Watkins and Wolfe had that “rela­tion­ship,” which I assume was of a sex­ual nature, before she was hired? Did they know before Wolfe’s indictment?

The media plays tough when it dis­cov­ers blood in the water sur­round­ing polit­i­cal fig­ures, par­tic­u­larly ones it despises, such as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. But when a mem­ber their club is caught act­ing uneth­i­cally it just cir­cles the wag­ons and moves into pro­tec­tion mode.

Trump is right. The swamp needs to be drained. The Deep State needs to be dethroned.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

A major story broke last week, and while the mainstream media dutifully reported on it, there was no blanket coverage, unlike in the case of the guilty plea of Trump campaign hanger-on, George Papadopolous, one of the big catches of Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe.

What was that big breaking news? Recently-retired Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James Wolfe, who National Review’s Andrew McCarthy calls “a textbook swamp creature,” was arrested for allegedly lying to the FBI. Wolfe worked for the Senate Intelligence Committee for 29 years and he’s suspected of being a longtime leaker of classified information to reporters.

One of those journalists may have been Ali Watkins, 26, a Washington-based New York Times writer. As part of the Wolfe investigation, several years of telephone and email records belonging to Watkins were seized by federal investigators. The Committee to Protect Journalists says it fears the move “could be an opening salvo in an ongoing battle over reporters’ ability to protect their sources.”

Ah, about that source: In an article about the mainstream media uproar about the seizure, The Times, in the seventh paragraph of that piece, admitted about Watkins, “She and Mr. Wolfe had been in a three-year relationship, which drew the attention of prosecutors who were investigating unauthorized leaks from the Senate Intelligence Committee, including articles that Ms. Watkins had written for two previous employers, Politico and BuzzFeed News.” Yes, Little Red Watkins was inappropriately involved with the Big Bad Wolfe.

Oh, Wolfe is 57.

The Old Gray Lady also disclosed in that article that Watkins was informed in February that those electronic records of hers had been seized. After speaking to her attorney, Watkins decided not to tell the Times. Left undiscussed is whether she told anyone at the Times that she was involved in a relationship with Wolfe. Buzzfeed and Politico knew.

The mainstream media is comprised of phonies and frauds. Had Watkins been an FBI agent investigating Wolfe, they’d be calling for her dismissal. But Watkins is still on the job–on the same beat–which is federal law enforcement. No suspension, no transfer to the sports department or local school coverage for the Times for her.

Here’s the big question: Did the New York Times know that Watkins and Wolfe had that “relationship,” which I assume was of a sexual nature, before she was hired? Did they know before Wolfe’s indictment?

The media plays tough when it discovers blood in the water surrounding political figures, particularly ones it despises, such as President Donald Trump. But when a member their club is caught acting unethically it just circles the wagons and moves into protection mode.

Trump is right. The swamp needs to be drained. The Deep State needs to be dethroned.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.