White House advisers planted false information to tease out Twitter mole

The anonymous @NatSecWonk Twitter account had been the subject of Capitol Hill gossip for years, but after the account turned mean-spirited, the account became the target of some serious counterintelligence work. A new Washington Post report claims cabinet officials turned to classic anti-mole techniques to ferret out @NatSecWonk’s true identity, spreading misinformation to different sources and seeing which of it popped up on the telltale Twitter feed. This week, the perpetrator was revealed, a member of the White House’s Iran negotiations team named Jofi Joseph. “I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted,” Joseph said in a statement on Wednesday.

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