Former Senate aide charged with lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with reporters

While working for McClatchy, Watkins was part of a Pulitzer-finalist team for reporting on the CIA's spying on Senate Intelligence Committee computers.

A former long-time staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee, James A. Wolfe, 58, was charged on Thursday with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Wolfe was charged with three counts of making false statements during an investigation of "the unauthorized disclosure of information, " which was endorsed by the entirety of the Senate. Wolfe, 57, worked for the committee for almost three decades under both Republican and Democratic leadership.

Trump appears to be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who used the Espionage Act against more leakers than all previous administrations combined, and largely against those who gave information to the media. He has denied giving classified information to the media and isn't charged with doing so.

In a separate instance, the indictment said that Wolfe used the encrypted messaging app Signal to inform a female journalist he had served a person with a subpoena in the Russian Federation investigation, the government said. President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have decried such disclosures, and announced a sharp increase in leak investigations. "Has there been an ongoing investigation here?" During the relationship, the Justice Department claims Watkins was able to get scoops from Wolfe, despite telling them their relationship was professional.

And James Risen, then a New York Times reporter, struggled for years to avoid testifying about his confidential source during the leak investigation of Jeffrey Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. The Intelligence Committee has "fully cooperated" with investigators since learning about the case "late past year", they said. Burr and Warner added that the Wolfe case will "in no way" interfere with the committee's ongoing probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election.

"Despite Wolfe's statements, Wolfe had, in truth, engaged in extensive contact with multiple reporters", the indictment reads. "Ms. Watkins did not disclose the personal nature of her relationship early on in her tenure, and she was managed accordingly thereafter".

Trump did not specify why Wolfe's indictment in the leak case is "very important", but details in the indictment reveal that the former head of security allegedly leaked information from a secret government document that resulted in the publication of an article revealing the identity and activities of former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

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On April 3, Watkins, then a reporter for BuzzFeed News, authored a story that revealed that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page had been in contact with at least one Russian spy working undercover in NY in 2013.

One of them, Ali Watkins, a former BuzzFeed writer now working at The New York Times, had reported for BuzzFeed past year that Russian spies attempted to recruit former Trump aide Carter Page.

"This decision by the Justice Department will endanger the ability of reporters to promise confidentiality to their sources and, ultimately, undermine the ability of a free press to shine a much needed light on government actions", said Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. "He was also, obviously, having an affair with the reporter from BuzzFeed, so there's that". Watkins was informed of the seizure in a letter from the Justice Department.

"Any time that a journalist's ability to do their job is threatened in a manner such as this, it's a major concern", Politico spokesman Brad Dayspring said, according to the organization.

The prosecution of Wolfe follows intense pressure from Trump for the Justice Department to crack down on leaks.

While this is the first time that the Trump administration's Justice Department has aggressively gone after reporters' electronic communications, the Obama administration also pursued reporters' records during President Obama's first term.

Kurtz said the importance of the case cannot be overstated and could lead to some reporters' sources "drying up".

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