Jofi Joseph, the director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, has been fired from his job after it was learned that he was the the person who was insulting public officials on Twitter, according to Reuters via a Yahoo! News post on Tuesday.
Joseph, reportedly a White House official who helped negotiate nuclear issues with Iran in the past, was the person who attacked persons at the White House and on Capitol Hill in general. For more than two years he sent anonymous messages on Twitter via the moniker @NatSecWonk which had many followers. The messages were severely insulting of insiders in the federal government. After he was found out to be the person behind the social media account last week, he was dismissed from his work.
While government officials would not comment on “personnel matters,” the Daily Beast had enough to run with the story which is now making it to other avenues in the media.
The biography for @NatSecWonk’s Twitter account said that the person was a keen observer of the foreign policy and national security scene and unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks. The voice behind that open and brutally opinionated Twitter account has deleted the account since he was discovered.
The negative comments were about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama’s spokesperson on national security issues – Ben Rhodes – and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers.
Of Clinton, he wrote on the Twitter account that she had few policy goals and no wins in the Middle East – severely attacking her actions regarding the Benghazi, Libya affair last year.
Joseph communicated with Politico after he was discovered as the author of the Twitter account and said that he regrets his past tweets. He claims that it was intended to be a parody account of Washington, D.C. culture – but, in time, it turned into something inappropriate and mean-spirited via its comments. He manned-up to owning the account and apologized to everyone he insulted.