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Anonymous Man Behind Unflattering White House Twitter is Unmasked

The Daily Beast reported last Tuesday that nonproliferation expert at the National Security Council, Jofi Joseph, was fired from his job at the White House for being the anonymous man behind the scandalous Twitter account @natsecwonk.

Joseph used this Twitter account among the DC foreign policy community as a means of humor, but he was publicly humiliating his bosses and many other powerful people. For more than two years he’s been using this as a way to release private and internal information about the White House.

Before getting the job at the White House, Joseph worked with U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr. and Senator Joe Biden Jr. He’s also married to Carolyn Leddy, who is a Republican staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is unknown whether or not this will affect her job or status.

The page was created in February 2011, and was deleted last week when he was fired from his job. One of the tweets about Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett was, “I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me.” He also talks about Huma Abedin and accuses her of “wearing beer goggles” when she decided to marry Anthony Weiner.

Fortunately for Joseph and the Administration, the tweets never contained classified information, which would have put him in much more trouble, although, he did reveal tweets that included inside details on projects and issues that normally would not have been made public.

Is this really an offense worth firing someone over? He was using the Twitter in a humorous way to poke fun at his colleagues and other politicians working around him. He was anonymous for a reason and this could be seen as the Administration breaching his privacy by looking into his life and investigating him. He made no serious leaks of government information and if this were any job other than in the White House, would this be an incident worth firing someone over?

The White House obviously did not find these jokes funny. They might see him as the type of person who doesn’t take his job seriously if he is constantly joking about it and the people around him. The things he was saying were definitely very rude and it is no surprise that the White House has zero tolerance for it. This anonymous Twitter account comes in the wake of Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden’s leak to The Guardian. The White House could have feared another national security breach and taken a preventative approach.

Joseph told 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 D.C. 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.”

Joseph is also being investigated for being behind a second Twitter account, @dchobbyist, which made racy comments about sexual encounters and escort services. According to Politico, Joseph has not commented about those accusations

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