NYT REPORTER ALI WATKINS FORMER LOVER AND INDICTED SENATE INTEL AIDE JAMES WOLFE ACCUSED OF LEAKING INFO TO THE MEDIA
- New York Times reporter Ali Watkins lover for three years Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe, 57, was indicted last week on three counts of lying to FBI agents and was accused of leaking information to the media.
The New York Times is reviewing the work history of reporter Ali Watkins after her email and phone records were seized by prosecutors as part of a federal leak investigation — and her romantic relationship with a former Senate aide at the center of the probe was made public.
Adding to the intrigue, new accounts have also emerged claiming Watkins was approached last summer by a government official who knew about the relationship and tried to get her help tracking down leakers.
Watkins, who joined the Times in December, had a romantic relationship with then-Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe, 57, that ended last year. Wolfe was indicted last week on three counts of lying to FBI agents and was accused of leaking information to the media.
The Times said it is now looking into Watkins’ involvement in Wolfe’s case, her relationship with Wolfe and how much she disclosed to her former employers. She disclosed that relationship to the Times. But before joining the New York Times, the 26-year-old reporter covered the Senate Intelligence Committee for Politico, BuzzFeed News, the Huffington Post and McClatchy (as an intern).
“Ms. Watkins did not disclose the personal nature of her relationship early on in her tenure at Politico, but she was managed accordingly once that disclosure was made,” a spokesman for Politico, Brad Dayspring, said in a statement.
According to the Times, Watkins says Wolfe did not give her information during their relationship.
But the indictment of Wolfe strongly suggests he was a source for her and other reporters.