Last week, a national security official who has been anonymously trashing the foreign policy community, the Obama administration, and Republicans and Democrats alike for over two years was finally caught and promptly canned. Under the twitter handle @natsecwonk, non-proliferation director Jofi Joseph tweeted the kind of defamatory thoughts that many employees have about their superiors and coworkers, however, unfortunately for Joseph, his employer happened to be the national government.
The White House even reportedly went as far as planting false information to see if @natsecwonk would tweet it in an effort to weed out Joseph. Before he was fired, Joseph was even in the final stages of being considered for a top job at the Pentagon. More awkward still is that Joseph’s wife, Carolyn Leddy, is currently a Republican staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Fired for having an anonymous twitter account that trashes your coworkers and associates? And here I was thinking the main reason for even having a anonymous twitter account was to complain about your coworkers, your job, and the difficulties of finding a new career. For someone like me, this report is more than a little unsettling.
Still, while I regularly apply to other positions from my company email account and spend half of my day writing for various websites because there is no supervision over technology here, Jofi Joseph tried to be anonymous while working for the government. You know, the same people who have been spying on all of us, but also the Chancellor of Germany, one of our closest allies.
Now the pitchforks are out, and some are even suggesting that Joseph is the man behind @DCHobbyist, an account reportedly used for Washington D.C.’s favorite hobby, soliciting hookers. If I were you, I’d stick with @SterlingPGP. I promise to only solicit you to buy some Rowdy Gentleman t-shirts and, you know, tweet about Chipotle, not government secrets.