Hogwash – Brian Ross Didn’t Resign Over the Fake News Flynn Story, He Resigned Because He Was “Reporter 4” Within James Wolfe Indictment – Senate Intelligence Leak Investigation…

By now everyone has reported about ABC journalist Brian Ross and his Producer Rhonda Swartz resigning from the network.  However, almost everyone pointing back to Ross’s fake news report on Michael Flynn in December; and almost no-one is pointing out the more obvious motive for the resignation.

Brian Ross was almost guaranteed to be “Reporter 4” in the federal indictment of Senate  former senior senate intelligence committee staffer James Wolfe.  The notorious Senate Intelligence “leaker”.

CTH originally pointed this out when the details of the indictment were released (full pdf below), and research was possible to determine each reporter.  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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345 Responses to Hogwash – Brian Ross Didn’t Resign Over the Fake News Flynn Story, He Resigned Because He Was “Reporter 4” Within James Wolfe Indictment – Senate Intelligence Leak Investigation…

  1. Kaden Cheng says:

    Sundance, simply brilliant, again.

    Liked by 10 people

    • blind no longer says:

      Amen, Sundance is!!! Thank you SD for keeping us way ahead of the game/plot/coup here at the Treehouse!!! You are sooo awesome!!!


  2. Blue bongo says:

    Note that none of the swamp have been indicted….

    Liked by 2 people

    • Donzo says:

      Note that the indictment was sealed until June 7th.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Daniel says:

      The swamp knows. There would be no way to keep even those sealed indictments a secret. They are in negotiations right now. Your impatience and negativity are noted though. A lot of people feel that way.

      But the fact is, many politicians who have gotten word their names are listed are exiting politics. That much seems obvious. What’s more, many others who KNOW they are on the hook are taking an absurdly strong offensive against president Trump and the administration specifically to counter against the future news and to make it appear as if “Trump is using the DOJ and FBI against me! All those names I called him? That’s why they are making up these false charges and are going to imprison me!” To me, it’s more than a little obvious in light of everything else we know.

      So just hang on. This has to be done RIGHT. This is one of the biggest moments in the history of the USA. You don’t just rush through this as if it were a TV drama.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Coldeadhands says:

        Yep…conversely, if this legal process is rushed, the result will be catastrophic to the preferred outcome. Mistrials and failed prosecutions will abound.
        I do wonder if a select few of the pessimistic voices may have “a horse in this race.”

        Liked by 3 people

    • trapper says:

      As I keep pondering the lack of public activity, I keep coming back to the conclusion that they are still very actively lining bees and continuing to identify new hives that they didn’t know about. Not time for the gas cans and torches yet, but when it is, boy-o-boy is it gonna light up the sky. Patience. It’s coming.

      Liked by 3 people

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        THAT trapper is an understatement. I’ve been doing this for 12 going on 13 years! This is so much bigger than Trump!! The corruption/deceit/lying/theft…….it’s mindboggleing!

        The things that have been done in our name, and with our taxdollars!!!!!!


  3. Frbrdskmi says:

    Thank you and God bless you Sundance, CTH, and all the Treepers. Lord, keep our president and his family safe. Guide him in all his decisions. Lord I pray the evil in our government will abolished and that we all turn back to You. Amen

    Liked by 8 people

  4. Cyber says:

    News moves so quickly in the Trump era I had already completely forgotten about Wolfe. This really ties things together nicely, thanks Sundance!

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Risasi says:

    Marianna Sotomayor…who is this person? This one is especially curious.

    I’m not finding much on her. Is she related to Sonia Sotomayor? It seems not…still, I’d like confirmation. Sonia was from the Bronx, I believe her father was from Puerto Rico.

    It looks like Marianna’s parents are;

    Eduardo Sotomayor:

    Maria Gavancho Sotomayor:

    From Peru?

    More on Marianna:

    Her linked in reads like a textbook for someone being groomed. She is 24. The Hill, Politico, CNN, NBC News. She went to GWU (did daddy pull strings?), and I see she has had a few articles on Wolfe and tweets too.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. jmclever says:

    Here is an indictment from June 18 for a man leaking classified info from CIA and transmitting it to “an organization that purports to publicly disseminate classified, sensitive, and confidential information. ”

    Given that they are called Organization 1, there is more than 1 receiver of info. It seems the leak hunting is a pervasive and comprehensive enterprise!


    Liked by 3 people

  7. alliwantissometruth says:

    A Constitutional Republic should not allow so called “news” organizations to become dishonest & biased, corrupt & criminal propaganda spewing political operations

    Call them opinion shows, but they shouldn’t be allowed to call themselves news organizations, & they shouldn’t be allowed to outright lie no matter what they call themselves

    The entire MS Media should be investigated, certain people should go to jail & the whole corrupt scam should be shut down

    Those scumbags have done immense damage to our Republic & have gotten away with it for too long

    Deceit, corruption & criminality has overtaken honesty, integrity & honor in all of our treasured institutions, & it’s time it stopped

    Liked by 7 people

    • Daniel says:

      As Sundance pointed out long ago, CNN actually gets some funding by the State Department for reporting on international news. Why hasn’t our president called this out? Probably quite inflammatory.

      Liked by 4 people

    • alliwant- EXCELLENT post. It never ceases to amaze me how many of my Dem/Commie/ Lib/ Progressive acquaintances tell me they get their “news” and talking points from the MSM and even Facebook and BuzzFeed.

      One of the reasons it’s impossible to hold a rational debate with a Lib is because they have no actual authorities they can point to for their talking points.

      There is NO ONE even remotely like our Sundance on the Left. There is not ONE commentator who is even capable of doing the hard work of research, analysis and writing that Sundance does every day, all day long.

      BRAVO SUNDANCE! We love you.

      Liked by 6 people

      • adoubledot says:

        Seneca, if the left had anyone like Sundance that did the due diligence that shows here every day, they’d be woke and wouldn’t be on the left very much longer.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Rhoda R says:

          Unless they were true ideologues. Then they could intelligently twist arguments to their favor. Today’s idiots can’t even do that because they’ve been taught to ignore what they don’t like.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Julian says:

      It’s a free market. Let them call themselves whatever they want.

      Who cares what they call themselves?

      The Government should butt out frankly and let the market decide. But of course it doesn’t the Government pokes it’s nose in and interferes.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rhoda R says:

        The only involvement the government should have in the media is to break up the six media near-monopolies and require at least 90% US citizen ownership of media stocks.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Dick Turpin says:

    Has anybody noticed in the US that the EU globalist fascist organisation has quietly banned memes since they have been widely used recently to ridicule corrupt politicians in the EU and the US???

    Typical tactic of shoot the messenger. They will be book burning next just like the good old days in 1930’s Deutchland.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Daniel says:

    Technically, I think it’s still “sort of about the Flynn story.” Consider that the Flynn leak was quite likely part of Sessions’s leaker sting operation. They change a critical piece of informational details and when it gets leaked, you know where the leak came from.

    So yes… it’s all connected to that particular leaking incident though I’m sure there’s a LOT more leaking connected to these players which will all come out.

    Now we just have to get the cause for the resignation all over the news! Hannity? Are you reading this? GET THE WORD OUT!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. william elbel says:

    I have heard that many indictments are sealed until AFTER the election because the indictments would have too much influence on the election!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Julian says:

      That is crap.

      They need to be unsealed pre election otherwise they are politically useless.

      Wouldn’t be great if they aren’t unsealed and the President ends up impeached and removed by the Senate!!

      Biggest own goal of all time if that happened!

      Liked by 2 people

      • william elbel says:

        Prepare yourself for the delay of the unsealing until after the election.

        That would be consistent with yesterday’s ridiculous Senate Committee on Intelligence about Russian favoring of Trump and the “No Bias” conclusion of the OIG report.

        Unlike many of the respondents to this blog, I have finally gone though the “Five Stages” of grief and accepted the now obvious way forward.


    • Orygun says:

      The Truth should influence the election. If we had the Truth we would not have had eight years of a Manchurian candidate and a completely corrupt criminal running for President. Sealing records and murdering people is not a good recipe for an open government by the People.

      Liked by 1 person

    • TarsTarkas says:

      It may be they are being held in reserve to counter whatever October Surprise Mueller plans to spring.


  11. Fools Gold says:

    Sundance I sure hope you’re writing a book about all of this titled “Who Framed Donald Trump”! You might also contact James Wood to let him take the lead on getting the movie made in time for 2020. Maybe a 24 part mini-series might be in order!

    Drain the Swamp!

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Charlotte says:

    “Normally, intelligence passed on from a member of the “Five Eyes” alliance — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. — to another member comes through an official channel for intelligence sharing.

    However, Nunes, upon reviewing the document that formally launched the FBI’s investigation, said there was no intelligence shared through that official channel, meaning that the intelligence was shared through unofficial means.”
    U.S. officials who were serving at the U.S. Embassy in London listed in Nunes letter include: Elizabeth Dibble, Lewis Lukens, and Thomas Williams.

    Jonathan Winer and Victoria Nuland.

    Nunes’s letter also lists Colin Kahl, former national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, another former Biden aide, and former journalist Shailagh Murray – who is married to a Fusion GPS executive Neil King, Jr. – as well as former top Clinton State Department aide and campaign official Jake Sullivan.


    Liked by 3 people

  13. Manic Emissary says:

    With respect: Brian Ross is Reporter #1 within the indictment (Ali Watkins #2) and Ross was terminated for his work/leaks on the Carter Page material (for which Wolfe is being indicted) NOT the later Flynn debacle. Yes they were both terrible, but Page’s identity was classified at TS level. Disclosing his credentials is FAR more serious, which is why you also see FBI employing a full operation including SIGNT and HUMINT to contain spillage from Wolfe.

    SEE HERE: https://twitter.com/Messer_America/status/1006610465873543168

    Liked by 3 people

  14. RattleheD says:

    If they really had Wolfe “dead to rights,” why wasn’t he charged with leaking?


    • Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

      Hey, there’s always next year.
      Worst he will probably suffer from is coitus interruptus. His buddies in the Senate probably owe him lots of favors. They won’t let anything happen to him at all.


  15. Rodney G. Graves says:

    Excellent work, sundance. Well Done.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. fleporeblog says:

    I love the fact that the WHORES realize the truth behind why this POS and his Producer are leaving. This is the beginning of the process of Draining the Media. Wait until the evidence appears that members of the media were paid handsomely by Dan Jones since he had $50 million dollars to provide the media and others with to continue to push the Muh Russia witch hunt.

    At that point, media members will face espionage and sedition charges for their role in the coup against our President.

    PDJT is absolutely right that Fake News that many members of the media put out each and everyday is the greatest enemy to our country. Destroying them will set us free!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. covfefe999 says:

    I hope they can catch the leaker of the Cohen documents. This is all so egregious!


    • Daniel says:

      Yes, if nothing else proves Mueller’s malice, this is it. It’s one thing to do what they did, but another to allow it to get released to the media. What else proves the dishonesty and evil intent of the Mueller witch hunt better?

      I’m going to be thrilled to see the Mueller investigation ended with his arrest.


  18. mr.piddles says:

    Yeah. I think they’re all “Reporter #2”, if you know what I mean. *smirky emoji*


  19. I see Reporter #2 (Ali Watkins) was re-assigned (not fired) this morning, from the Slimes DC bureau to the Slimes NYC bureau.

    “Watkins, 26, had a three-year romantic relationship with Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe, 58, who was accused by federal prosecutors of lying about leaks of sensitive information to journalists.”



    • mr.piddles says:

      Wonder how many high-level briefings and closed-door meetings Reporters 1 through 4 had with respective senior producers, editors, and executives? These folks aren’t smart enough to go find the news themselves. Well, maybe ‘cept Ross was running the show on his end. The other three are likely N3w Sk00l types.


  20. AngelOne says:

    Another unelected self important bureaucrat with an agenda diametrically opposed to the voters and predictably adherent to liberal ideology & pushing through a manufactured globalist narrative while scooping up perks on the side. We know how Ali paid him I wonder what Brian Ross gave In exchange for leaks instead of his own flesh….


    • boogywstew says:

      Brian Ross “has a right purdy mouth”. Can he “squeal like a pig”? We can’t put anything past these low lifes.


  21. TeeJay says:

    “News: Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz have decided to leave ABC News, per internal memo…”

    May the Schwartz leave with you!


  22. MikeyParks says:

    So when do we get the pleasure of hearing some cell doors clang shut?


  23. RLC2 says:

    Great job, Sundance. You deserve a Pulitzer for the work you do.


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