The Bigger Story Behind the James Wolfe Indictment…

It is important not to get so granular we miss the big picture.  The indictment of former senior senate intelligence committee staffer James Wolfe is filled with information to highlight a much bigger picture. [Indictment pdf here]

Keeping with custom and a very familiar pattern, you will note the big DOJ/FBI investigative releases are timed to drop when President Trump is outside Washington DC.

Note also, it was the Senate Intelligence Committee where Wolfe worked.  CTH has continually stated the SSCI is one of the most corrupt committees in congress.  It did not come as a surprise to see the staff from this specific committee leaking secret and top-secret classified information.  The committee rots from the head down.

According to the indictment Wolfe was notified by the FBI of a classified intelligence leak investigation on/around October 30th, 2017.  From the indictment we see that Wolfe was interviewed and confronted by FBI investigators on December 15th, 2017.  After admitting he lied to those FBI investigators Wolfe resigned from his position.

On December 15th, 2017 Wolfe was busted; the FBI had him dead-to-rights.  However, the grand jury proceedings didn’t start until May 3rd, 2018; and the indictment was sealed until June 7th, 2018.   That means six months of investigative work was taking place between busting Wolfe on Dec. 15th, and indicting Wolfe on June 7th.

On December 15th, according to the indictment, the FBI investigators were aware of four specific journalists, “reporters”, who participated in the leak material.  The FBI likely had more to choose from, but selected those four reporters -with specific intents and purposes- during the interview with Mr. Wolfe.  The four reporters are not named, but their activity is outlined enough to make it possible to determine who is who.

From the indictment [Note Male-1 is Carter Page]:

  • Reporter #1 is likely Manu Raju of CNN.
  • Reporter #2 is definitely Ali Watkins of New York Times.
  • Reporter #3 is likely Marianna Sotomayor of NBC
  • Reporter #4 is likely Brian Ross of ABC

Accepting there has been a great deal of work on the leak investigation; and accepting the purpose therein; the Wolfe indictment appears strategic in that it captures four of the largest media outlets within the net.  Four mainstream media enterprises are now on notice.   With more than six months of investigation, and with the timing of the indictment becoming public, it’s likely the FBI leak task-force caught more than just Wolfe.

Wolfe is simply the first to be identified. Suspicion: Wolfe will likely lead to Dan Jones.

On December 15th, with the evidence and admissions therein; and specifically noting the FBI showed Mr. Wolfe photographic evidence (he was also under physical surveillance); James Wolfe opened the door to an investigative path that was almost certainly followed.  In essence, anyone in contact with Wolfe would now be inside the investigative review.

[*Side-note* Consciousness of Guilt – On the day before this December 15th interview, Reporter #2 Ali Watkins (NYT), announced she would no longer be covering the Senate Intelligence Committee.]

This is important because Wolfe wasn’t arrested until six months after he was clearly busted. Within this time-frame other people would be under investigation.

The FBI would be able to use the information gathered from Wolfe, and exploit his compromise, for search and surveillance warrants on other participants within his contact circle.  The investigators would not want the downstream participants to know.

Hence, while it is difficult to gain a search and seizure warrant on a journalist, it is noted Reporter #2, Ms. Ali Watkins, was identified and an appropriate search warrant was authorized by the court.  Ms. Watkins notified February 13, 2018.  [Document link]

Interview 12/15/17; one search warrant executed Jan-Feb 2018; grand jury seated May 2018; indictment/arrest June 2018.

Another key aspect also seems confirmed.  Following the timeline from the start of the leak investigation (August 2017, per AG Jeff Sessions); to the FBI notification of Wolfe on Oct 30, 2017; and the subsequent interview Dec. 15, 2017.   The Black Hat Hunting is clear.

We suspected a sting operation because it was entirely too coincidental how the media were getting false information. Look at the timeline and you can see where the FBI was  coordinating false leaks to track:

Dec. 01, 2017 Reporter #4 (ABC Brian Ross) gets fake news leak about Michael Flynn. later retracted and Brian Ross suspended.  [LINK]

Dec. 04, 2017 Fake news leak about Manafort broadcast by ABC.  Later retracted [LINK].

Dec. 05, 2017 Fake News leak about Duetsche Bank subpoena for Trump bank records. Reported by Bloomberg; later retracted. [LINK]

Dec. 08, 2017 Reporter #1 (CNN Manu Raju) gets fake news leak about WikiLeaks and Don Trump Jr. email.  The date on the email was wrong.  Broadcast by CNN, later retracted.  [LINK – and Follow Up]

Dec. 15, 2017 – James Wolfe interview with the FBI.

Overlay the details and the big picture emerges.  There is no doubt the operation to catch the DC intelligence leakers is a carefully executed FBI task-force effort.   The capture of James Wolfe in December, 2017, opened the door to six months of surveillance on all contacts. Remember, he was not charged with the most serious aspects of his leaking of classified intelligence.  He was charged with lying to the FBI.

No doubt some kind of deal was structured where the FBI investigation would continue and Wolfe would stay quiet.  Those investigators have been working from that door being opened December 15th, all the way to today. We haven’t seen the full outcomes yet, but suffice to say with the June 7th public indictment, the investigators are now comfortable enough to visibly shake the tree.

Lastly, notice the direction of all the stories.  Each leak, and the subsequent story therein, was/is designed to undermine the Trump presidency and reinforce opposition to the president.  Notice how no leaks ever flow in the other direction; all leaks frame a narrative against the administration.

Stay tuned.

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574 Responses to The Bigger Story Behind the James Wolfe Indictment…

  1. NJF says:


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  2. mimbler says:

    Some people are pleased that after Trump has been in office over 500 days, one leaker has been caught.

    Remember when Sessions talked about polygraphing the entire NSC team? It never happened. The whole bunch would have been caught the first week they went after them.

    As someone with a clearance that has been polygraphed, I can tell you that shouldn’t have been an idle threat.

    So why was it?

    113,000 employees in DOJ, one leaker caught. I don’t see this as a spike the football moment, although I’m glad it happened.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Kenji says:

      I wholeheartedly agree. It seems as though we are being tossed crumbs from the IG’s office … and Session’s … “senior, career, staffers” …

      Liked by 5 people

    • Oldschool says:

      I totally agree mimbler, but didn’t want to be the first one to poke my head out on this one! This,so far, is nothing but an indictment for lying. Does it have larger implications? After 30 years of being privvy to top secrets and getting caught with specific media reporters, it certainly should. Why no indictment for Ali or other leakers? I certainly hope there are more and in a timely fashion. I will do my happy dance IF that happens.

      I have zero confidence or trust in DOJ/FBI, not a one of them. Glad to have the diversion of POTUS kicking butt around the world. Hope he comes home with that same attitude.

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      • sat0422 says:

        Investigative journalism = having an informant that feeds you information that you then divulge to the public and your employer is paying you a high salary to use your informatn’s information as news.

        I remember watching years of television when an investigative officer of the law or an investigative reporter actually walked the soles off their shoes. I guess TV gave us the impression that somebody actually discovered or participated in finding out the news of the day.

        Donuts anyone?

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      • So this lets Burr and Warner off the hook I suppose. Sad…


    • jeans2nd says:

      Would you prefer anarchy? Oh heck, let’s just take the entire D.C. workforce and mass-indict, would that make you happy?

      Have you any idea how long it takes to make an air-tight case for prosecution? Or would you prefer the Andrew Weissman-type prosecutor, where the entire 9-member Supreme Court censures you twice for unethical behavior?

      There must be some semblance of reason somewhere in this entire mess.
      Indict a senior staffer, with an air-tight case, and you put the fear of being caught in everyone else’s mind.

      As an alternative, run for office, be elected or appointed, and do it yourself, rather than condemning the actions of others who are actually doing something.

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      • mimbler says:

        What a strawman argument.

        I suggested Sessions do what he proposed doing. You have a problem with that?

        Liked by 3 people

        • trialbytruth says:

 to me.. Hot anger hasn’t solved this problem and you have more.then enough to go around. Sometimes I get the feeling that you think that everyone here is asleep except you.

          I think Jeans2nd raises a good point, this phrase comes to mind. Walk a his moccasins.

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          • mimbler says:

            Neither of you are responding to what I said. That is the definition of a strawman. Sessions proposed polygraphing everyone on the NSC. I was in intelligence, and was polygraphed. That is doable, and would have found every leaker there.

            No hot anger here. I am mentioning facts that people can make of what they may. You and Jean are not addressing them however, but are attacking me emotionally.

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            • lizzyp says:

              Do we know for a fact that they didn’t? So far they’ve kept a very tight lid on what they have done, only revealing it when they’re ready.

              Liked by 1 person

            • trialbytruth says:

              So an unemotional question?

              You know no one has been polygraphed because????.

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            • I think you’re frustrated which is understandable. However this kind of impatient dismissal and your stated belief that nothing will happen is actually premature.Do you honestly believe Trump, who is the CEO, would stand for unecessary delay about this?

              Well yes I believe he has delayed…in order to time a succession of increasingly frequent hammer blows to fall upon the Dems and his adverseries starting about now. The timing has to be perfect because it’s to ensure the complete and utter destruction of a treasonous snake pit of cultural marxists the Dems have become and to ensure they cannot hold power again in our lifetime.

              I kid you not. Go search youtube for “Trump” and “revenge”. Trump always exacts devastating and perfectly timed revenge for perceived acts of bastardry against him.
              You will see hammer blows start falling now. Maybe two a week then three, then four then too numerous to follow. By November almost all of the villains we love to hate will be tied up in legal jeopardy beyond what they could imagine. And daily the further hammer drops will implicate them further.

              Be patient, you patience will be rewarded I assure you…

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              • Perot Conservative says:

                How many goodies like Wolfe will drop? This wasn’t on our radar … Sundance had an idea.

                Imagine the Goldmine IG Report #1 will be.

                Imagine Page- Strzok texts.

                Imagine FISA warrants.


            • From what we’ve seen, when actions are mentioned it’s because they’ve already happened. So it’s possible that when AG Sessions made that comment the polygraphs were already completed. Just a thought.

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      • josco scott says:

        Seriously…Sessions-haters sound so much like Trump-haters… without any sense of reality of WHY NO ONE HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT BEFORE….esp the Clintons, although their crime spree has gone on for decades.

        Do you realize this? How many have tried and failed? Even normal criminal investigations take time. When you’re working to take out the most powerful people on earth…the US government… yeah, it might take a little time and effort.

        No, Sessions-haters. You’re not going to see immediate punishment of all the guilty. If you did, we’d have instant civil war. Cases have to be built.

        How is this not obvious?

        Please don’t echo the tone of the NeverTrumpers, bitter, never happy until you get perfection.
        Rejoice! Almost the entire 7th floor has been taken out. THAT’S HUGE. But it’s happening methodically, wisely.

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        • libertysc2016 says:

          My concern is that too much time has passed. With this time we have seen serious damage done to the political fabric of this nation and the credibility of key institutions. Maybe this is unavoidable but if we have the goods on folks, I am not sure delaying for years is the best option. Regardless, I hope Sessions comes through in the end. It could be that the Big Ugly (once the groundwork is set) will be swift and brutal. As Machiavelli argued, if you need to be brutal use the force needed to get the job done in a short period of time. If you drag things out (brutal over a longer period) the people will turn. So when the hammer drops, let it be fierce.


    • Dixie T says:

      Recently, AG Sessions stated that the DOJ is “presently working on 27 different leaking cases.” Perhaps Wolfe is #1, and now the other 26 will come more easily.”

      Wow—some in our federal government have been “leaking like sieves!”

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      • sat0422 says:

        I’m trying to understand the leaking issue.
        It appears that “leakers” and their misuse of undocumented gossip, have created a process by which Trump can be doubted and hated by millions.

        During the Obama years, they leaked undocumented gossip so that everyone would fall in love with the Fake President and never vote for anyone else.

        Why? To control the people; to exert their power of the minds of little people; or just to do it because they can. Lots of answers to why but my guess is that they serve something or someone who truly wants to keep the people under control and believing whatever is thrown on the wall.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Remember when Sessions talked about polygraphing the entire NSC team? It never happened. The whole bunch would have been caught the first week they went after them.”

      I concur. however, if they are still breathing, there is still time to do that.

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    • WSB says:

      mimbler, give it a bit more time. We are almost there. Promise. Over the target.


    • It will be real when Adam Schiff is handed his indictment.

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      • josco scott says:

        Please never say “I’ll be happy when xxx happens…”

        Yeah, I will too, but I will also be happy along the way as we make progress.

        Every indictment is reason for joy. I’m dancing like that idiot mayor.

        A lot of comments make me nervous b/c I happen to loathe the childish Coulter School of Bitterness.
        A very smart woman, an ally, turns into a harpy because she didn’t get her insta-wall. Trump didn’t do magic. So, waaah

        Having impossible standards for your president is the same as if you do it for your spouse: It’ll always cause bitterness and frustration.

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        • Richard Whitney says:

          @Josco…Apropos of your ‘joy’ theme: Although it was a few days late, I opened a bottle of bubbly and celebrated the Wolfe indictment. In addition, I vow to celebrate each coming indictment. And conviction, and sentencing.
          The sum total of my drinking outside champagne is zero. And if I drank champagne twice a year, it was only for NYE and possibly another celebration, wedding, graduation, etc.
          But I am going to ramp it up for the coming festivities. Gonna need more champagne.
          Maybe we can get fellow treepers to celebrate the legal events with us as they occur.
          Meanwhile, like you I am enjoying every minute of this. The folks who are on Jeff, who want everyone arrested instantly, don’t appreciate what it takes to prosecute a RICO investigation. And they don’t appreciate the sheer terror being inflicted on the perps. Imagine McCabe, for instance, having sleepless nights sweating blood knowing the punishment for the crimes he knows he is certainly guilty of. isn’t that wonderful?
          And now, all those reporters who are in a fever deleting tweets, rendezvousing with their leaker-providers in parking lots, crying. And all of them wondering, “holy shit, are they listening to my thoughts?!” Edgar Allan Poe would love it.
          2018 is going to be a glorious year.

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    • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

      DEPENDS! !


    • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:



    • Please says:

      As we discover the leakers, it is never the low level hired hands…it is always a higher up with the knowledge and the agenda to leak.

      You can poly the rank-and-file no problem, and come up empty.

      It is another thing entirely to poly the Senate Intelligence Committee members. They would never agree to it. Sessions can’t demand it.


    • Abel says:

      Agreed. Not a spike the football moment.
      I’m not sure I’m cracking a smile yet.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Rodney G. Graves says:

    Um, that February 13th document is notification of collection (via service providers) via a National Security Letter under FISA.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. CollusionMyth says:

    Luke Rosiak who has done great work on the huge Awan scandal was on Hannity and it was a bummer. Looks like the whole thing is going to be buried. This is a huge scandal and it seems like Luke is the only one interested in investigating and justice.

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    • Collusion- no matter what we must never forget the Pakistani AWAN CRIME FAMILY and their patroness DEBBIE BLABBERMOUTH SCHULTZ.

      Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller is the ultimate authority on this scandal. He practically has an article every day bringing out new facts about this terrorist scandal, yet NOTHING HAPPENS and they are about to make a plea deal. WTF??

      Also let us never forget that the AWAN CRIME FAMILY was also involved in the DNC hacking which was part of the beginning of the Witch Hunt.

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      • farrier105 says:

        The Awans are the litmus test. This is an election year. This could devastate the Democratic Party. If the POSITIVE ENERGY of the prosecution reflects the true nature of the crime, everyone should be happy. If it ends with a plea deal favorable to the Awans and the outcome paints the Democrats as victims again then we will know. In the meantime, we should all endeavor to focus our minds on using the LAW OF ATTRACTION to produce the best possible outcome.

        I’m sure some will understand me. I certainly understand them.


    • Walt says:

      … “very likely to be buried” … because most of Congress was involved at least by having knowledge and not reporting it and in many cases by being blackmail-able as a result of emails that were likely collected by the Awans. .

      ‘Most of the Congress’ pretty much defines too big to prosecute.

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    • mimbler says:

      I’m a natural born cynic, and I would never have thought this could be buried. Yet even here on the CTH, there is not much interest.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Oldschool says:

        Agree mimbler. It unfortunately all comes down to POTUS and he is only one man. There are real time, ongoing injustices being committed against our citizens, destroying their lives. National security threats. While I support pardons, I prefer focus on those who are law abiding citizens being persecuted by our government right now. We are easily distracted and seem to be addicted to drama.

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        • mimbler says:

          Yes. I agree.

          But I think there may be a reason for the pardons.

          I think the pardons may be strategic. While my natural instincts abhor politics, it looks like PDJT is seizing on the opportunity to correct some injustices against blacks and gain some support in that area. I was pleased to see Kim and Alice didn’t dump on Trump after they got what they wanted and graciously thanked him. Dennis Rodman called him an honored friend today. Could it be that PDJT is the one to actually reduce racial tensions after the promised one?

          After what Obama did to race relations, I’m inclined to cut Trump some slack if he can do some things to bring us to heal the divide.

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          • Oldschool says:

            Thank you and I agree, see the potential larger picture and support him in these pardons. I struggle helplessly watching injustice in real time. Rationally I realize this is not an “either/or” situation and I know POTUS is handcuffed by his DOJ. Who expected this mess? I never saw this coming, but neither did Trump. If he can shake this Mueller case, imo, he will demo that DOJ.

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        • svenwg says:

          I will wait for a sudden spate of Demoncraps in the House resigning once the Awans make a deal. Just imagine the information they have on over half the Demoncraps in Congress as well as all the info on the DNC server, if not the actual server.

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          • digleigh says:

            Interesting too that Trump mentioned the Awan scandal in the last few days! Gowdy , when questioned from a reporter a few months ago, said basically, “I know nothing about it??????even while on national security/cybercrime type committees, etc!!WTheck? How can you not know… It had been known about for over a year at that time! I was stunned!


    • Avi says:

      nah, Mr Magoo is playing 64-d chess and will save the day


    • Please says:

      My take is the Awan Scandal is much deeper and dirtier than even the fake russian collusion scandal.

      I believe our POTUSVSG has to settle the fake russian collusion scandal and clean out the FBI and DOJ BEFORE he can attempt to approach the Awan scandal. Too many people in those orgs and many others that want the Awan thing to go away.

      But you can believe it is on the agenda as POTUSVSG has already tweeted about it. Notice how our President always gives us a ‘heads up’ as to what is coming with his foreshadowing tweets?

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      • Deanna Veitia says:

        I agree with you…I think congressmen from both parties are on the take through Senate Armed Services Committee & Senate Foreign Relations Committee contract approvals, some compromised generals, Comey, Clapper, and Brennan, and it relates to a lot of missing $$$ from Pentagon budget. “Pay to play” – a rats nest devised by the Clintons in late 90’s but Awans got way too flamboyant in their spending and called too much attention to the game.

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  5. The Devilbat says:

    I just read an article in Judicial Watch that there has been a new release of emails that prove the FBI had already made the decision not to do anything about Hillary Clinton’s emails etc. before they even interviewed her. What a bunch of low life criminals those FBI people were / are.

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    • litlbit2 says:

      You using common sense when evaluating the situation is a good read. President in 500 days, we are about to see the IG Report. Maybe. Then consider corrupt judges, appeals, more appeals, gag orders, the Benghazi/Gowdy game, Fast and Furious debacle, Graham/MCCain secret trip, obama transparency. Well it is really shaping up to be a time when AG Sessions steps to the mike. He will not have enough time to much more than tell he is no longer retired, opps recused.

      I rest easy each night knowing the people are on.y winning in their simple mind. The real test is coming. They should be aware redacted or redactions are not allowed, step right up!

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  6. Hampshire says:

    SD was 100% correct again which is why I always check this site.

    There are certain “things” in the world that I fear much more than other things.
    In nature, grizzly bears, great white sharks and so no are on my list.

    In the human world, I would have an equally fearful sphincter reaction if my name was listed on a DOJ indictment— ” X versus the United States of America.” The legal power that can be wielded against an individual citizen is incalculable unless the indicted person has leverage they can use for immunity or reduced charges.

    SD stated that Wolfe, “was not charged with the most serious aspects of his leaking of classified intelligence. He was charged with lying to the FBI.”

    This only seems to make sense if the person charged has info on people “above him” rather than smaller fish or anti Trump stooge reporters. The egregious and traitorous leaks have damaged the WH for sometime and any reduced sentence should be seen to be fair and just and not just another clever way to go easy on any of the entrenched Deep State leakers that were determined to ruin Trump’s Presidency. Wolfe was in a high level position of trust and he betrayed that trust.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      Three 5 year counts instead of espionage charges for agreeing to help and if you help real good then we might recommend you serve that concurrently. Be a star witness and you might do 6 months house arrest at your condo in Florida.

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      • farrier105 says:

        Then there is Jeffy Epstein, who is doing less than two years for pedophilia and, so far, none of his “known associates” who flew on his private plane to his private island of perversion are being investigated. It takes some heckler at some public gathering to yell the question about travel on “Lolita Express” to Bill Clinton (26 trips–must be a record).


  7. Chuck Stephens says:

    Wow, he’s 57, she’s 22? That’s old enough to be her grandfather. Funny how few in the mainstream are talking about that questionable behavior? Oh well, whatever it takes to get the story. Working on your back Ali? Did they teach you that in Journalism School?

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  8. CNN_sucks says:

    The never trumpers have no dignity. He should have left if they dont like Trump. But No. He wants to destroy and sabotage the president from within. Wolfe should face prison time.

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  9. Lurker says:

    “Suspicion: Wolfe will lead to Dan Jones.”

    And Dan Jones will lead to Senator ColdwellBankerRichardEllis-TrammelCrow (D-CA)

    Liked by 4 people

    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Do tell. Seriously. These guy’s signs are all over Atlanta.

      Favorable zoning ( commercial) frequently = lining of pockets.
      Particularly in Georgia, which in many respects is Chicago
      with a southern accent.

      I’d like to hear more about this as time goes on. It’s always
      good to know who the influencers are.

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  10. CollusionMyth says:

    I want to congratulate the DOJ/FBI on the diverse group thay have indicted. After all diversity is what makes America great. I hope future indictments are made with diversity and equity in mind.

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  11. jeans2nd says:

    For the record –
    It is sheer coincidence that the first guy caught is from the committee – SSCI – of which now-DNI Dan Coates was a member as late as 3 Jan 2017.

    It is sheer coincidence that DNI Dan Coates co-Chairs the National Insider Threat Task Force.

    It is sheer coincidence that DNI Coates posted this to ODNI’s youtube site one month after being sworn-in as DNI –

    It is sheer coincidence that the Office of DNI retweeted this, this morning –

    And it is sheer coincidence that AG Jeff took Obama’s 2011 EO 13587, which established the National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) under joint leadership of the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence, applied the law, and made it work as intended.

    Did you know DNI Coates spent his military time in the Army Corps of Engineers?
    Did you know, after retiring once from the Senate in 1998, DNI Coates came back to the Senate with the Tea Party wave of 2010?

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  12. SPANGLER says:

    Seems like Sessions trying to throw his haters a bone.

    I want bigger fish.

    I want Comey’s head, Brennan, McCabe, Lynch, Rosenstein…..and Hillary/Obama!

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  13. Lis says:

    Sundance, I love you I love you I love you I love you. I don’t know what in heck you do for a living and I hope your wife gets to visit you every now and then when you’re not researching and digging and sharing your findings with us all.

    God bless you. Thank you.

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  14. Chewbarkah says:

    Let’s play Q&A. The “Steele Dossier” was published by Buzzfeed on 1-10-17. At that time:

    1) Who had sent a personal aide to London to procure a copy of the Dossier? John McCain.
    2) Who was an ex-officio member of the SSCI, and chaired the big Russia Russia Russia session of the SSCI on 1-5-17? John McCain.
    3) Who was Director of Security for the SSCI? James A. Wolfe.
    4) Who worked at BuzzFeed from Nov 2015 through May 2017? Ali Watkins.

    Better call Sherlock Holmes. This ones a real poser.

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  15. Tucker and Dan Bongino were great tonight on this topic:

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  16. Suzebeez says:

    Not only are they going to nail the leakers, they have damaged the credibility of the media with the content of the leaked material. A two-fer….genius.

    Liked by 5 people

    • MGBSE says:

      Actually it’s even better than that…the democrat media lackeys will be paralyzed…will the FBI seize their records to ID their leaker – OR – is the FBI planting fake news to their leaker to see if they report it…love, love, love it!!!

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  17. Another Scott says:

    “the operation to catch the DC intelligence leakers is a carefully executed FBI task-force effort” at least there are some white hats left in the FBI

    Liked by 3 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      I think that there are but they can’t operate lawlessly. So it has to be methodical. And it will stop if Trump is gone too early. The only real chance to clean it out to any degree is have Trump for 8 years.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Chris Four says:

      Let’s hope they ran this operation by the “real book” and not the Mueller/Comey book

      Liked by 1 person

  18. LULU says:

    More like 22. College senior interning for McClatchy.


  19. Republicanvet91 says:

    For someone who worked in intelligence for so long, it’s a little shocking he failed to recognize a sting operation against himself when the stories he leaked were being being retracted.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “he failed to recognize a sting operation against himself when the stories he leaked were being being retracted.”

      The common explanation for that is listening to the little head instead of the big head.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Some Old Guy says:

      Not if understand that political appointees are often far from the best.


  20. trialbytruth says:


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  21. ATheoK says:

    From the indictment:

    Holding a Criminal Term
    Grand Jury Sworn in on May 3, 2018

    That is the searing news!!!
    Wolfe deserves to serve every day of incarceration for decades for his mishandling od classified information.

    Sundance nails the framework that is operating!

    On December 15th, 2017 Wolfe was busted; the FBI had him dead-to-rights.
    However, the grand jury proceedings didn’t start until May 3rd, 2018;
    and the indictment was sealed until June 7th, 2018.
    That means six months of investigative work was taking place between busting Wolfe on Dec. 15th, and indicting Wolfe on June 7th.

    Framing this indictment as a side channel of criminality separate from the HRC, DNC, FBI, DOJ, Lynch, etc criminal collusions. Processing this indictment does not impact or endanger prosecution’s investigations into the mass government corruptions.

    Allowing us to think nice thoughts about who and when those tens of thousands of sealed indictments waiting for the proper time for unsealing and taking down a large portion of deep deadly anaerobic swamp parasites.

    1) One wonders if the involved reporters will be indicted?
    2) Such a large impact to deep swampers suggest the ideal time for arresting and imprisoning government traitors would be as election season moves into high gear. How better to convince America that their elected representatives rank with pirates for criminal intentions and actions.

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  22. scott467 says:

    “Keeping with custom and a very familiar pattern, you will note the big DOJ/FBI investigative releases are timed to drop when President Trump is outside Washington DC.”



    What is the point or purpose of timing investigative releases with DJT being out of town?


    • Sharpshorts says:

      I don’t have a great answer for that question but it does seem designed for some reason and not simply coincidental. It could be just to cut down the impact of the probable leftist false narrative — “Trump is micro managing, acting vindictively and attempting to direct every move of the DOJ “


  23. scott467 says:

    “Four mainstream media enterprises are now on notice.”


    What does that mean?

    On notice for what?

    Double-secret probation? 🙂

    If those media organizations broke the law, they should be charged. If they didn’t, then they have nothing to worry about. How does being ‘on notice’ fit in?


  24. scott467 says:

    “The FBI would be able to use the information gathered from Wolfe, and exploit his compromise, for search and surveillance warrants on other participants within his contact circle. The investigators would not want the downstream participants to know.”


    How would the downstream participants NOT know, unless Wolfe became an ‘active informant’ or whatever the term is?

    If he all of a sudden was speechless whenever previous topics of interest were raised by his ‘downstream participants’ (boss, colleagues, etc.), they would certainly know something was wrong, and even these media clowns would be able to figure out what.

    So it would seem difficult if not impossible for Wolfe to keep his downstream participants in the dark unless he was actively stringing them along, on behalf of the FIB, pursuant to some ‘deal’.


    • Charlotte says:

      For example, in spring 2017, Wolfe tipped Ms. Watkins that Russian spies had attempted to recruit Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page back in 2013. This leak did not occur in a vacuum. It had been revealed that the Obama Justice Department used the unverified Steele dossier, generated by the Clinton campaign, to obtain FISA-court surveillance warrants against Page. To control the damage, Democrats and other, uh, non-partisans wanted to claim that the FBI had reasons independent of the dossier to suspect that Page was a clandestine agent of Russia.

      Wolfe obliged with the leak, enabling Watkins to write a BuzzFeedarticle provocatively headlined “A Former Trump Adviser Met with A Russian Spy” — although the story could just as easily have been entitled “A Former Trump Adviser Helped Justice Department Prosecute Russian Spies.” (Page voluntarily provided information that prosecutors used to arrest Moscow’s operatives.)


  25. scott467 says:

    “No doubt some kind of deal was structured where the FBI investigation would continue and Wolfe would stay quiet.” (meant to include this above)


    That’s what I mean. Simply staying ‘quiet’ would invite suspicion and alert all of the downstream participants that something was up.

    In order to maintain the ruse, wouldn’t Wolfe have to continue doing what he was doing, as if he had not been caught?


  26. CopperTop says:

    Does anyone remember the early worries about Trump LOSING the election. Media was worried period about his desires to engage the beast whether he won or not!

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    • Robert Smith says:

      What I’m sure he would have done is accept the results of the election. And then, they would have tried to destroy him anyway. That’s why he should burn them to the ground. They never want another outside interloper in DC to upset swampy warmth.


  27. Bill_M says:

    Substitute “Known Russian Intelligence Agent” for Ali Watkins and the result reads: Wolfe leaked Secret and Top Secret documents from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to a known Russian intelligence agent. How does this not fall into the definition of spying. What Wolfe did should qualify him for a long residence in a Federal prison. So what if it was Ali Watkins. By giving that info to her and it then being released in public, the information was given to the Russians (at one remove). End result the same. Mr. Wolfe needs to go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect your pension. All I can say is I hope she was really good in the sack. Sounds like a Honey Trap to me, no matter how you cut it.

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  28. we the people know says:

    Hey Girls!!!
    Step right up and win a prize!
    If you do the horizontal mambo with Harvey Weinstein: WIN an Academy Award.
    If you do the horizontal mambo with James Wolfe: WIN a Pulitzer Prize.
    So, James got sex from Ali. What did James get from the other 3? Money?
    The risks James took were too big to give up intelligence info for nothing.
    Reporter #1 is likely Manu Raju of CNN.
    Reporter #2 is definitely Ali Watkins of New York Times.
    Reporter #3 is likely Marianna Sotomayor of NBC
    Reporter #4 is likely Brian Ross of ABC


  29. 5warveteran says:

    Drain the Swamp and hang the liberals.


  30. LULU says:

    Sundance originally tagged Dan Jones as the most probable leaker. The up popped James Wolfe. But today we hear again about Dan Jones, who it seems was also a big fan of Ali Watkins:

    Dianne Feinstein’s link to shady NY Times reporter who conspired with leaker

    An excerpt:

    Enter Feinstein’s former staffer Daniel Jones, whom some have started to note is linked to Wolfe, Watkins AND the phony dossier on President Donald Trump.

    Jones currently operates the Penn Quarter Group, a “research and investigate advisory” board that’s been working with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to verify the claims of the phony dossier that they produced during the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Democrats. (Snip)

    Jones was also the lead author of a top-secret report about the torture allegedly carried out by the CIA. Though the report wasn’t fully released until late 2014, news of its findings appeared in the media months earlier courtesy Watkins. Watkins later almost won a Pulitzer Prize for her public reporting on Jones’s secret report. Wolfe played a role in drafting the original torture report.

    Theorists now wonder if Jones had been leaking information to Watkins as early as 2014.(Snip for tweets)\

    Based on these connections, some now suspect that Jones is also a deep state operative just like Wolfe. And the fact that he previously worked for Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is not a good look for the party.

    There’s much more here:

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    • LULU says:

      For those unaware, Ali Watkins made her mark as a young college senior interning for McClatchy, when she broke her blockbuster article on the CIA’s then-secrety detention and interrogation. The report she used for source material was still secret. Someone got it to her. Jones? Wolfe?

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  31. Astracytoma says:

    Has anyone else compared Kate Mara’s character Zoe Barnes to Ali Watkins? I wonder if “someone” knew of of the Wolfe-Watkins alliance and wrote it into the House of Cards script.

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  32. Maquis says:


    Get ’em, White Hats, take all of them down!



  33. wildbill2u says:

    Some folks need to wake up and smell the coffee regarding May-December romances. Women are conditioned to the attraction of the Alpha Male or the Celebrity Male. This has been going on since the first male traded a piece of Auruch meat or was able to provide a warm safe place by the fire to a woman.

    You can even be a small local “celebrity” like a President of the local school board or Lions club or perceived as an Alpha male like a office boss or business owner and have some younger woman hit on you. Not to mention an intern in the WH or a high level politician

    It’s a natural reaction of Nature. Read up on pheromones.


  34. Paul says:

    500 plus comments here, my apologies if this has been posted. I just saw a snippet about Wolfe’s wife at the time, 20 year FBI security veteran, in charge of physical security at FBI headquarters, I think? What if if things she said wound up in Watkin’s ears…

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  35. doug says:

    Interesting opinion piece from of all places, a Lawfare writer…

    Panic Time in MUeller Camp.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Maquis says:

      “The reason he’s having so much trouble finding evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians to cook the 2016 election may be because there isn’t any.”

      –Ya think?

      Liked by 2 people

  36. Rob says:

    Blind pig under the streetlight.
    Just how hard should it have been to find this
    pair of leaking lovers.
    Doesnt anything in DC get really investigated
    Hello Seth Rich

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  37. WSB says:

    This Wolfe story is a Pandora’s Box.

    “Johnson says that he recorded his conversations with Wolfe because he had a suspicion that the staffer was leaking information to the media.

    “I purposely recorded the phone call because I knew that Wolfe and the commitee were leaking and I knew that I would catch them in a leak,” Johnson told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    In the phone conversation, audio of which Johnson gave TheDCNF, Johnson battles with Wolfe over a committee request for documents related to Peter Smith, a longtime GOP operative who attempted to track down Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails during the campaign.

    Smith, who committed suicide last year, worked with Johnson to find the emails, which he believed were on the so-called Dark Web.

    Johnson, who has denied any wrongdoing in his relationship with Smith, said that he believed that Wolfe and the committee was setting him up for a “perjury trap.”


  38. oldarmyblog says:

    Actually very simple. If you pass classified information to someone who doesn’t have a security clearance or a need to know you go to jail. Anyone who has ever handled classified information knows this.


  39. Skeptical says:

    Seems like the Corrupt FBI is softballing this guy. He betrays his trust and position, leaks National Security secrets yet is only indicted for telling a fib in an FBI Interview? Then they go after the Reporters. The Rabbit Hole is deeper than that.


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