NYT Launches Probe Into Reporter Who Had Affair With Indicted Senate Intel Leaker

The arrest of James Wolfe, the former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, has sent shockwaves through D.C. - kicking off, among other things, a massive crackdown on leakers at the State Department following Wolfe's indictment for lying to the FBI about contacts he had with three reporters.

News of Wolfe's arrest was followed by an article in the New York Times claiming that the Department of Justice "secretly seized years' worth of a New York Times reporter's phone and email records," in connection with an investigation into classified leaks.

That reporter, Ali Watkins - formerly of BuzzFeed, is now under internal review by the New York Times for possibly lying about the nature of her relationship with Wolfe. Watkins has been covering national security for the Times since December, while her romantic relationship with Wolfe began in 2013 when she was an intern at McClatchy, ended last year. Watkins claims she didn't receive information from the 58-year-old married Wolfe during the affair.

The Times said on Tuesday that it was conducting a review of Ms. Watkins’s involvement in the case, including the nature of her relationship with Mr. Wolfe, and what she disclosed about it to her prior employers. Ms. Watkins informed The Times about the prior relationship after she was hired by the paper, and before she began work in December. She has said that Mr. Wolfe did not provide her with information during the course of their relationship.

Journalists are supposed to abide by ethical rules that stipulate they cannot have personal relationships - including romantic relationships - with their sources. But Watkins claims she didn't receive any information from Wolfe while they were together, according to the Times.

DOJ investigators seized emails and phone records belonging to Watkins in what the NYT described as the first instance of the Trump administration seizing the personal communications of a journalist. Watkins was later informed of the seizures in a letter that she received in February, which informed her that "years worth of records for two email accounts and a phone number of hers" had been accessed as part of the investigation.


Meanwhile, Wolfe told the FBI that he had been romantically involved with Watkins since 2013. The contents of two text messages allegedly sent by Wolfe to Watkins - who is identified in court documents as "Reporter No. 2" - can be seen below:

"I’ve watched your career take off even before you ever had a career in journalism… I always tried to give you as much Information [sic] that I could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else," Wolfe wrote to an individual the documents identify as Reporter No. 2.

"I always enjoyed the way that you would pursue a story, like nobody else was doing in my hal1way [sic]," Wolfe allegedly said to Watkins in December 2017. "I felt like I was part of your excitement and was always very supportive of your career and the tenacity that you exhibited to chase down a good story."

According to the New York Times, Watkins was approached by FBI agents back in December and asked about the nature of her relationship with Wolfe - questions that she (wisely) declined to answer at the time. Watkins says she was also approached last June by somebody claiming to be a government agent, and who also brought up Wolfe. The man later told her that he was aware of her relationship with Wolfe, and asked if she could help him ferret out leakers. The Washington Post reported this week that the man who approached Watkins was Jeffrey Rambo.

After the encounter with Rambo - which she said unnerved her - Watkins disclosed the nature of her romantic relationship with Wolfe to her editors at Politico.

The Feds say Wolfe lied about the nature of his relationship with Watkins until he was confronted with a photograph of the two of them together. However, Wolfe was in regular contact with multiple journalists who covered the committee, including meeting them at restaurants and bars as well as the office building where he worked. Wolfe pleaded not guilty to three counts of making false statements to a government agency - charges on which he could face up to 15 years in federal prison.


James Wolfe

Watkins once made an off-color joke on Twitter about how she'd like to have a casual affair with a source in the same way that Zoe Barnes, a character from the Netflix series "House of Cards", did. In the show, Barnes receives several groundbreaking scoops via her sexual relationship with Kevin Spacey's character, Democratic Whip Frank Underwood.

In retrospect delightfully ironic.


vato poco jcaz Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:44 Permalink

"well, Ali, the editorial department has heard you give just some *tremendous* head! so in order for us to make a final decision, we will of course need ALL the facts. kindly demonstrate for mr. sulzbergersteinowitz, and then we'll all need a blowjob as well. for Journalistic Integrity Purposes only, you understand"

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Dilluminati Bastiat Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

I think you need to answer the FBI truthfully, did you have a relationship with that girl?  Yes agent I did, I blew a wad in her jowls while passing her Senate Intel documents about Russian whores squirting on the bed that Obama slept on paid for by Hillary.  

I think you need to answer the FBI truthfully, did you have a relationship with James Wolfe?  Yes I did I was selling my ass, giving into demands for anal sex, I would polish his wand and send him home to his wife, I did this to further my career in journalism, it's called confidential sources, I confidentially stuck a finger up his ass while sucking him off.. 

You know it has to be really really strange being an FBI agent working around these ghouls

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gregga777 exlcus Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

Young women have been sold a really corrupt lie in the empowerment/women's liberation sexual freedom movement. 

Yeah, girls it's a wonderful thing to let every dirtbag carrying who knows what STD's to bang you. And for free!

I've had young women ask me, bearing in mind that I'm old enough to be their grandfather, after first swearing that I won't reveal their shameful secret: "I'm still a virgin at 22 [or whatever]." They want to know how bad that makes them as women?

Looks like Ali Watkins was just doing what she was taught by the feminist Socialist/Communist cunts intent on destroying Western civilization. 

(By the way, I tell them good for you girl. And tell anyone that doesn't like it to go pound sand and to not let the door hit them in the ass on the way out.)

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Lost in translation gregga777 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

“People today have no shame,” Mom used to say.

Years ago a friend and I were walking along a SoCal beach as the sun went down, having a good long talk/catching up.  The number of people on the beach at that hour were few but a tall, college-age girl wearing a long overcoat approached us from a distance.  That she was wearing an overcoat on a mild spring afternoon struck me as odd.

As she drew closer we stopped talking, and I wondered what was up.  At about 5 meters’ distance she pulls back the overcoat in one fast move, flasher-style, revealing she’s wearing nothing underneath.

I was shocked but my buddy, without hesitating for a second, asks her, whatever happened to Daddy’s little girl?”

In an instant she covered her herself with the overcoat and ran off, her face beet-red.

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serotonindumptruck JacksNight Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:38 Permalink

Reports on child sex trafficking has become the dreaded "third rail" of journalistic integrity.

Absolutely no MSM journalists will even think about going there.

Very few independent investigative journalists will risk writing about it because they have a legitimate fear of assassination or having their car's brakes fail at 95 miles per hour.

Matt Agorist and Rachel Blevins of The Free Thought Project both possess the courage of their convictions.






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NidStyles serotonindumptruck Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:47 Permalink

Here, I will solve the mystery for you, because I know who is running it.

College professors, Mexican cartels, Freemasons from the Black lodge, the police, the Jewish mob, and members of the US Federal government, including but not limited to Border Patrol and members of the US Special Forces community. Oh also, Knights of Columbus and some street gangs, but they are minor players like the motorcycle gangs.


Happy? Anything else you want to know for free sweet cheeks?

Again, you guys haven’t a clue what went on in AZ.

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attah-boy-Luther JacksNight Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:59 Permalink


Q is a controlled opposition of the zio-kind.

We all know no one is going to jail, get prosecuted, or jailed.

Q most likely is JK playing the ignorant goy still looking for the orange messiah to save the country.

This nation is bought and run by israhell.

p-pizza lovers control TPTB in the ussa via many Kodak moments ready to the front pages if need be. Remember the former speaker of the house Has-skills????

The agencies now own both sides as they frothing masses looking for that unicorn in the sky.

So Q and tards.....pound sand....

This one is for historical education and notice orange hero also never mentions it as well as Q:





There are plenty of u-boob Q-tard channels out there.

Why should ZH accelerate its downward spiral of a once educational economic news site?

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MadHatt attah-boy-Luther Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

You havent provided any facts...

Where is some info to back up your claims?


Plus, its more than an educational economic news site.

Read the manifesto.

our mission:

  • to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public.
  • to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become.
  • to liberate oppressed knowledge.
  • to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint.
  • to facilitate information's unending quest for freedom.


no links, no proof of any claims... just a butthurt downvote.

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chubbar enfield0916 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:24 Permalink

She was fucking him for inside info, big surprise. How is this different than any other puss who makes their living from fucking men. What is the NYTs going to do to her, take away her birthday? Big fucking deal, this is what I expect from every reporter out there, they will all sell their soul, she's no different.

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William Dorritt enfield0916 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:16 Permalink

How Kennedy and Ford both had affairs with the same East German female 'spy' and JFK complimented her prowess

  • Bobby Baker, a former aide to LBJ has revealed how Washington was full of drunk, philandering politicians in Kennedy's era
  • Called Kennedy a 'sex maniac' and introduced JFK to a married German woman 'who loved oral sex' and was later believed to be a spy
  • Kennedy called Baker to thank him for the tryst
  • FBI director used a tape recording of then-Congressman Gerald Ford having an affair with the same woman to blackmail him
  • Baker told how Joe Kennedy 'bought' the election for his son

By Daily Mail Reporter


Later she inspiried the Band B52s


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JacksNight Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:12 Permalink

Tyler, are you ever going to grace us with a story on Q?


How about one on the citizen investigation taking place in AZ in regards to child sex trafficking?