According to United States law, this NYT Reporter, as well as other reporters have been committing crimes in their search for news and leaks. It is against the law to pay for information. That is what reporters have been doing by giving favors to agents and cultivating relationships. The New York Times reporter, Ali Watkins, have a romantic relationship with Senate Judiciary Staffer James Wolfe and her career apparently benefitted from it. He has been arrested for his leaks. Will she be next?
As Written and Reported By John R. Lott, Jr. for Townhall:
It is a crime for reporters to pay for leaks. Reporters can use information volunteered by whistleblowers, but bribes are a different story. And it appears to be happening with some regularity. The recent Department of Justice Inspector General’s report warns: “We identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events.” The report finds that such enticements likely led agents to leak information.
So far, the media hasn’t acknowledged this possible criminal activity by reporters. The problem goes beyond ethical violations, and it has serious implications. If reporters can legally bribe government officials, who’s to say that the reporters won’t also collude with foreign governments?
On Monday, The New York Times admitted in an article that one of its reporters had an affair with James Wolfe, the former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The reporter, Ali Watkins, is 32 years his junior. When she stopped seeing Wolfe, she started dating another intelligence committee staff member. The New York Times is investigating, but she likely owes her swift rise as a star reporter to inducing men to give her classified documents……
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