Mr. Wolfe, a former Army intelligence analyst, worked for the committee in a nonpartisan capacity for almost 30 years. He had previously served as security director to the Committee for 29 years.
Per the filing, Wolfe told "Reporter #3" on October 16 that he served Page with a subpoena, and the next day agreed to the reporter's request to provide Page's contact information.
In 2017, Wolfe reportedly admitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he was untruthful in his statements about his personal relationship with a reporter, when he was confronted with photos of them together.
Coulson also ordered Wolfe not to access or discuss classified information with undisclosed people, not to possess a personal identification other than his own, and to make weekly check-ins with authorities - all were stipulations of release requested by the federal prosecutor, Phil Selden. He also maintained a yearslong personal relationship with Watkins, which prosecutors say he lied about until being confronted with a photograph of him and Watkins.
The New York Times revealed phone records and emails belonging to one of their reporters were seized by the Justice Department as part of their ongoing investigation into a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide.
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Prosecutors said Wolfe communicated with a fourth reporter using his Senate email account from 2015 to 2017.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a year ago that the DOJ was aggressively pursuing around three timx as many leak investigations as were open at the end of Obama's second term - while Obama's DOJ prosecuted more leaks than all previous administrations combined. "Members of the committee, we had about nine open investigations of classified leaks in the last three years", Sessions testified to a House committee.
Despite his denial, the indictment alleges, Wolfe "had, in truth, engaged in extensive contact with multiple reporters", adding that he was "conveying to at least two reporters information about" a person referred to in the documents only as "MALE-1". That day, before and after the article appeared online, Wolfe and Watkins exchanged "approximately 124 electronic communications", the indictment states. In it, he said he had "always tried to give you as much information that I could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else".
"Whether it was really necessary here will depend on the nature of the investigation and the scope of any charges", he said, according to the AP.
If the manner by which the Justice Department pursued these records sounds familiar, it should: Something similar happened in 2013 when the Justice Department collected two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters to try to track down the source of a leak about a Central Intelligence Agency operation in Yemen.
The Senate Intelligence Committee hinted at the leak investigations on Wednesday, noting that it was cooperating with the DOJ "in a pending investigation", while the Senate had earlier voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to share committee information with the DOJ "in connection with a pending investigation arising out of the unauthorized disclosure of information".
Wolfe will be processed Monday morning at the FBI's Washington field office, and appear at a hearing on the charges in US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, Coulson ordered.