White House Official’s Secret Tweets Get Him Canned

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 22 2013 9:33 PM

White House Official’s Secret Tweets Get Him Canned

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President Barack Obama during an online Twitter town hall meeting from the East Room of the White House July 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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Here’s a juicy little (social media) story, courtesy of Josh Rogin over at the Daily Beast: A White House national security official has been fired for Tweeting under a fake name. Well, not really just Tweeting, more like aggressively Tweeting, or, as the Daily Beast describes it: “tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years.” 

Here’s more on the mystery Twitter-er from the Daily Beast:

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Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week.
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During his time tweeting under the @natsecwonk name, Joseph openly criticized the policies of his White House bosses and often insulted their intellect and appearance. At different times, he insulted or criticized several top White House and State Department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and many many others.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.