The man behind two years of anonymous tweets insulting and bashing members of the Obama administration and others was fired last week after having been identified as a White House national security staffer.
Jofi Joseph, 40, a senior White House National Security Council official, was the Twitter user @NatSecWonk whose critical tweets of Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Hillary Clinton, as well as several top Republicans, were well known in Washington circles.
Twitter bio via FavStar:
Unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks. A keen observer of the foreign policy and national security scene. I’m abrasive and bring the snark.
Josh Rogin with The Daily Beast broke the story Tuesday that Joseph was fired last week and his Twitter account subsequently shutdown when it was discovered he was the mystery tweeter.
Since February 2011, Joseph’s tweets “torment[ed] the foreign policy community and “openly criticized the policies of his White House bosses and often insulted their intellect and appearance,” Rogin reported.
Some examples from The Daily Beast who “saved a long record of @natsecwonk’s tweets:”
“I’m a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me,” he once tweeted.
“Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and Cass Sunstein ….,” he tweeted on another occasion, insulting a top Clinton aide, a then Congressman, and two White House senior officials in one tweet.
“So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage ….,” he tweeted last October.
Tweets published by Weasel Zippers:
According to Politico, the investigation by White House and State Department officials into the identity of @natsecwonk “intensified” after “he repeatedly expressed doubts about the official administration accounts about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi.”
“Look, (Republican Rep. Darrell) Issa is an ass, but he’s on to something here with the @HillaryClinton whitewash of accountability for Benghazi,” Joseph wrote.
The investigation delved into “Joseph’s travel and shopping patterns,” and when it was confirmed that he was the tweeter, White House lawyers confronted Joseph and “ordered him to leave the executive complex,” Politico reported.
Joseph admitted and apologized for his caustic tweets in an email to Politico:
It has been a privilege to serve in this Administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me.
What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.
However, Joseph would not comment on allegations from investigators that he owns another anonymous Twitter account, @dchobbyist, “which included racier tweets about sexual encounters, escort services – and the inner workings of the State Department.”
It’s awfully pathetic that so many resources were spent investigating, and now firing, a man behind an anti-Obama administration Twitter account, when no one responsible for Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservatives, Operation Fast and Furious, NSA spying, the DOJ targeting reporters’ phone records – some of those issues that actually got Americans killed – have ever been held accountable.
Welcome to Obama’s America.