James A. Wolfe and Ali Watkins

On Thursday, federal agents arrested James A. Wolfe and charged him with lying multiple times to FBI agents investigating leaks from the Russia collusion probe. Wolfe is the former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Wolfe was taken into custody at his home in Ellicott City, Maryland, according to the NY Times.

The former high-ranking Senate official was released on Thursday with several conditions, including turning over his passport and traveling only in the state of Maryland.

News of Wolfe's arrest came hours after the New York Times discovered that federal agents seized phone and email records of one of its reporters, Ali Watkins, 26.

Watkins and Wolfe, who is a 57-year-old married man, enjoyed a 3 year romantic relationship which ended in December.

During that time, Watkins worked as a national security reporter for the Huffington Post, Politico.com, and BuzzFeed.

Wolfe reportedly lied to the FBI about providing sensitive classified information to four reporters covering the Russia collusion probe, including Watkins and a CNN reporter.

Watkins' former employer, Buzzfeed, was aware that she was involved in a relationship with Wolfe, but the news outlet chose not to disclose that information to the public.

It isn't clear whether the NY Times knew about Watkins' affair with Wolfe.

The feds' data haul from Watkins' and Wolfe's devices includes "tens of thousands" of daily text messages, emails and phone calls.

Watkins used information leaked to her by Wolfe for her BuzzFeed.com article on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, titled “A Former Trump Adviser Met with A Russian Spy”.

On April 3, the day the article was published, Watkins and Wolfe exchanged 124 text messages and a lengthy phone call, according to the National Review.

According to the indictment, Wolfe used an encryption messaging app to communicate anonymously with Watkins and the other 3 reporters.

The Signal Private Messaging app is widely regarded as one of the most secure. Signal's website bragged that "Signal is the most scalable encryption tool we have."

But many reporters who rely on Signal to communicate with confidential sources were dismayed to learn that the Justice Department had figured out a way to read the messages.

“Good job!” and “I’m glad you got the scoop,” Wolfe wrote in a text message after he tipped off one reporter that his committee had subpoenaed Carter Page. He even provided the reporter with Page's personal contact information.

The female reporter messaged back, “Thank you. [Page] isn’t pleased, but would deny that the subpoena was served.”

According to the indictment, Wolfe asked the reporters not to reveal his name to his Senate committee colleagues.

When interviewed by FBI agents in December, Wolfe denied knowing his lover until agents showed him surveillance photos of the two of them together.

He finally admitted he knew Watkins and he had an affair with her, but he flatly denied ever giving her classified information for her articles.

He also denied knowing or leaking information to the other 3 reporters. What he didn't know was that the FBI had cracked the Signal app's encryption code and recovered all of his communications with the 4 reporters.

Wolfe retired from the Senate Intelligence Committee in May after 30 years.

Wolfe's wife, Jane Rhodes-Wolfe worked for the FBI for 20 years.

The left cheered when federal agents raided President Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen's home and office and carted off all of his records -- including privileged attorney-client communications.

But they are crying foul now that the shoe is on the other foot.

A New York Times spokesperson criticized the Trump administration for spying on its reporter, saying, “Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and communications between journalists and their sources demand protection.”

Trump called Wolfe "a very important leaker."

“Reporters can’t leak. You cannot leak classified information. At the same time, we need freedom of the press. But you cannot leak,” Trump told reporters before jetting off to the G7 summit in Canada on Friday.

If convicted, Wolfe faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.

 

  • Dun Dilly

    The SWAMP was real, tho.

  • the guest

    Oh my god, this is getting intense.

    Could the president actually end up arrested?

    Somebody, please explain this.

  • SpiceGirl

    what's good for the goose SHOULD be good for the gander!

  • hottlanta

    This just in. We gonna be a lot safer now since Dennis Rodman is on his way to North Korea to participate in the summit. Dump gonna be mad as hell when Rodman get all the cameras on him.

  • hottlanta

    Yep, but how is Dump saying he hates it when we have a leaker who leaks classified info when he was the one who classified leaked info to the Russians and invited them to the White House after he fired Comey. Had the Russians to stand in our house, the White House and make fun of a U.S. citizen before the world. He also kept the U.S. press out that day and only let the Russian press in the event. Everyone should be outraged about that.

  • nick c

    All your data should be store in a cryptic cloud I use Cryptomator on my phone and laptop nothing is stored on a hard drive or open cloud like google drive icloud and dropbox. That way everything you work with is behind one master password that needs to be really strong and your good.

  • SpiceGirl

    sure should be outraged.....I just pull up a chair and popcorn and watch the Circus show...smh

  • hottlanta

    That move right there was unpatriotic as ever and he talking bout some flag and kneeling.

  • the guest

    That’s genius.

    With that latest FB data breach, everyone I know is canceling FB and IG.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    "The left cheered when federal agents raided President Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen’s home and office and carted off all of his records — including privileged attorney-client communications.
    But they are crying foul now that the shoe is on the other foot."

    How in the hell are these two things alike?

    So far the Special Master hasn't found any material which is protected by attorney-client privilege and her report is due this coming Friday.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Trump said he wasn't reading any damn books because negotiating is all about 'attitude'.

    Lord help us with this anti-intellectual fool.

  • Hmmm~?

    Very interesting read. The FBI does not play. He tried to pull a "I unno dat bih" and they bust out the receipts quick af on that ass ???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The fun part will come when the feds connect Mueller's team to this reporter through her texts and emails. She's a narcissist who thought she was above the law. She probably thought her sugar daddy was too big to fall.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Wrong again. She set aside all the private attorney-client communications. Her report does not contain those.

  • MsPam

    Can we get a post about Beyoncé in the bed showing her behind with Jay Z?!?? I want to hear your thoughts?!???

  • Faux Gibbler

    Look. When the feds come to you- they know what is already going on. You can’t lie to the feds. If you ever are confronted by feds, politely tell them you respect them for doing their job but you don’t want to talk unless you have a lawyer.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lol. Exactly. When the feds come to you, they are well-prepared. They have time to set up to follow you around for an entire year before they come knocking.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    New post! ?

  • BadAss Will

    Almost bad as TV Drama Scandal

  • Scromes1212

    Trump turns the tables on them every time lol smh he takes whatever bogus lame excuses they make and flips it on them. Now he can use there own argument against them smh

  • Scromes1212

    Plots twist lol

  • hottlanta

    He can't read. DUH!!!!! Did you see that lady face when he was late for the meeting in Canada on purpose. OMG!!!!!!!!! Her look was priceless.

  • hottlanta

    Never had it never will. Still got my land line and keep it moving. Ain't got no machine talking to me in my house or nothing.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Shut up

  • Scromes1212

    Spread love

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That's why Trump's people don't want him to interview with Mueller--they already have evidence about whatever topics they are going to ask him including hard evidence like emails, text messages, etc.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wrong. She hadn't found anything that fell under attorney-client privilege.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    SR: The fun part will come when the feds connect Mueller's team to this reporter through her texts and emails

    Keep clinging to your conspiracy theories. This case has nothing to do with Mueller.

    Just like the DOJ IG report had nothing to do with HIllary or Obama.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I suspect this investigation (which prompted Wolfe to leave the committee in December and "retire" in May) is the reason why Giuliani says Mueller's Russia probe is almost over. He wouldn't say that if the feds didn't have something on Mueller.

    No conspiracy, but if they raided this chick's phone and emails they raided other reporter's devices as well. And we know Mueller's team was leaking info to the media.

    My popcorn is ready for the next chapter in this sordid drama. ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.

    Giuliani knows zero about the Mueller investigation and if you believe anything that comes out of Giuliani's mouth well I feel sorry for you.

    The leaks have been coming from grand jury witnesses or their lawyer.

    There's no way that Mueller would tell anyone especially crooked Giuliani when the investigation would end.

    Unlike everyone who surrounds Trump Mueller is a professional.

    Now take your little conspiracy back over to Breitbart or Infowars.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "Just 162 of the items seized by FBI agents earlier this year in a no-knock raid of Cohen's home, offices, and safety deposit boxes were declared protected by attorney-client privilege by a special master appointed by the court to review the documents."

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    BS. If Mueller had anything at all on Trump he would move to indict him. After a year of investigations, Mueller found zero evidence of collusion. Trump has not broken any laws. Mueller wants to interview Trump so he can use his own words against him to entrap him. But Trump is no fool.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Giuliani knows what's in Ali Watkins' phone and emails. And as I said, they probably have other reporter's emails and phone records as well. You can bet they have dirt on Mueller. It's just a matter of time before Mueller announces the end of the Russia witch hunt.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.

    Yeah I am sure that this reporter is the thing that's going to bring down the Mueller investigation just like the FBI informant was going to connect Hillary to Uranium One conspiracy.

    Watergate took two years and the underlying crime was known at the beginning of the investigation.

    Mueller started with pretty much a blank slate. He had the foreign intercepts of Trump campaign/transition members communicating with their Russian counterparts about their meetings, but he had to collect objective evidence ( plane tickets, hotel receipts, maybe surveillance tape).

    Mueller hasn't arrested Trump yet, although Giuliani admitted Trump committed at least one count of obstruction of justice by admitting that Trump dictated the excuse letter for Jr.'s meeting with the Russians at Trump Tower, because Mueller has found so many other crimes have been committed and he's connecting the dots slowly but surely.

    I love how Mueller makes Trump's supporters nervous because the longer Mueller takes the more fearful they become.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    One hundred sixty-two items out of a total of a million pieces of evidence is less than 0.02% which is virtually nothing.

  • the guest

    This is a convoluted mess.

    An old journalist, his 30 years younger girlfriend, her friends from work, FBI investigation, secret files, he's going to jail because he was thinking with the wrong head and risked his career and reputation, the FBI had fun putting his affair on blast, and his wife will divorce him. All for what? What did any of these parties gain from the information leaked? The ego is a powerful thing.

  • Milf80

    I disagree, he is a fool.

  • KLo

    those are 2 ugly MFs

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    BREAKING: A bombshell new report says that Russia has a “u” in its spelling, as does the name “Trump”. These are clear signs of collusion and could be the smoking gun that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking for.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Awwww now you're trying humor to calm your nerves?

    It's funny that nothing has come of Spygate or Uranium 1 and Hillary.

    Even McConnell and the rest of the Republicans exited the Spygate meeting with long faces.

    I guess they got a peek at some of the evidence that Muller has.

    Ha,ha,ha!!!!

  • hottlanta

    Can't wait for Mueller to ask him why did he tell Russia to hack Hillary's emails, an American citizen at his rally. Remember when he kept saying I love Wikileaks and sounding like he found the Holy Trinity all excited at another rally. Oh those questions are "perjury traps" as they say. Those statements deserves answers and we all wanna know and got a right to know as U.S. citizens. I wanna know about the Russian money launderer in room 63A in his tower and you know his architect closed down shop and can't be found. Forget collusion a word that has been over-used to death. We finding out about money laundering and obstruction of justice a whole host of stuff.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think Mueller is going to issue his report without interviewing Trump.

    Mueller has enough evidence from witnesses like Hope Hicks that Trump obstructed justice when he dictated that letter about Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting.

    The rest is gravy.

    Whatever evidence Mueller finds that Trump committed crimes the most he will do is brand Trump an un-indicted co-conspirator like Nixon.

    What will embarrass Trump most is the world finding out that he never was a billionaire when you subtract the millions/billions in loan he got from Russia.

  • SpiceGirl

    right!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Denis Rodman is participating in the summit??? LMBAOFFFFFF!!! He's going to steal Trump's shine and that will be the end of all talks and negotiations...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Trump so he can use his own words against him to entrap him. But Trump is no fool.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The entrapment part, I get and him not being foolish enough to agree to an interview, I get. But generally speaking your boy is an unadulterated idiot! LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Evillene

    No. Mueller won't indict Trump while Congress is still held by Republicans who will not impeach. He will have to time indictment so that any Congressional vote on impeachment occurs after New Congress is sworn in.
    Trust, Mueller has plenty. That's why Trump is issuing all these pardons and commutations. He wants all those that could turn on him to know that he can pardon him. However, for those closest to Trump (i.e. Manafort, Trump Jr., Kushner, etc.), Feds will turn everything over to (blue) state law enforcement so that Presidential pardon will not work.