WASHINGTON, DC – An Ellicott City man was charged this week for misrepresenting the FBI. He had a senior position in the federal government and was responsible for keeping all information, including top secret information that could cause serious damage to national security, confidential.
James A. Wolfe, 57, of Ellicott City, is accused of lying to FBI agents regarding his relationship with three reporters, including sending encrypted messages and sharing secret information with two reporters while serving as Senate Security Director Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was.
According to the indictment, Wolfe was Security Director of the SSCI from May 1
During an interview with the FBI on December 15, 2017, Wolfe was asked a number of questions in an investigation into how the classified information provided by the federal executive was leaked to the media. In the interview, agents Wolfe showed a newspaper article from three reporters containing secret information that the executive had shared with the SSCI. When asked if he had contact with one of the three reporters, Wolfe checked the petition for "no" on a written questionnaire. He was also asked if he had contact with other reporters and he also checked "no".
After signing the questionnaire, FBI agents showed him a picture of a reporter with whom he had spoken, according to the indictment. He denied the exchange of information that was not public with the reporter.
Wolfe had regularly communicated with reporters, used his cell phone and his SSCI email, used encryption services to prevent the discovery, and "secretly" met with reporters in remote areas of the building where he worked as well Bars, restaurants, and private homes, according to charges
He had a personal relationship with a student who worked in the District of Columbia and published several articles on the SSCI and national security matters from 2014 to 2017, according to court documents , They exchanged tens of thousands of messages, sent texts daily, and met in stairwells, restaurants, bars, and the reporter's home. She was later identified by several media as Ali Watkins a former Buzzfeed reporter who now covers national security for the New York Times. From September to December 2017, Wolfe had regular communications with another reporter, in particular on the summons of a man who later reported to the SSCI with the concern that the information had been leaked, the indictment says.
The same man was also the subject of some secret information that Wolfe is accused of delivering to Watkins Daily Caller, who identified the man as Carter Page, former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump.
Page met with a former Russian ambassador during the 2016 Republican National Assembly, NBC said, and was called to testify about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government
Wolfe was indicted by a federal court in three cases when he lied to the FBI. According to the US Department of Justice, the maximum penalty for each perjury verdict is five years.
"It is hoped that this indictment will be a warning to those who might lie to law enforcement agencies to the detriment of the United States," US Attorney Liu said. "Mr. Wolf's alleged behavior is a betrayal of the extraordinary public trust he has received.
The US Attorney General has signed the indictment on Thursday, June 7.
" Persons entrusted with sensitive persons Information must fulfill its duties with honesty and integrity, and that includes law enforcement agencies telling the truth, Deputy Attorney General Demers said in a statement. The Attorney General has stated that investigations and prosecutions for the unauthorized transfer of controlled information have priority of the Ministry of Justice.
Demers added: "The allegations in this indictment are doubly worrying, as the false statements concern unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and confidential information. Wolfe was arrested on Thursday and appeared in front of a federal judge in English: www.moviesfilmonline.com / en / movies / oliver – twist The Baltimore – Friday, since being detained in Maryland, has reported The Baltimore Sun, having to appear before a judge in the District of Columbia on Monday to try the case, was released under various conditions, for example because he did not travel from Maryland or DC, did not seek a bailout, and his passport
Wolfe is not the first man in Ellicott City to headline allegedly leaked top secret government information, NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden also lived in Ellicott City until he fled to Hong Kong Image, James A. Wolfe, a former Advisor to the Senate Intelligence Committee, leaves the Edward A. Garmatz United States Courthouse in Baltimore on June 8, 2018. Wolfe was hired by e He was charged by a federal grand jury with lying to FBI agents while investigating the disclosure of classified information to reporters. (Photo by Mark Makela / Getty Images)