Starting with an op-ed in 2018, and culminating in a 2019 book, the anonymous mole spread tales of personality defects and recklessness at the top of government – but gave no evidence to back them up.
On Tuesday, the president told reporters that he knew who the leaker was.
Trump says he can’t reveal the name but added, “People know it’s a fraud.”
The Trump administration has been dogged by hostile leaks from inside the White House.
(NewsReady.com) – Someone who claims to be a White House staffer is attacking President Trump from behind the cloak of anonymity – but now the president says he knows who the culprit is. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he said he isn’t going to name the scurrilous writer publicly, but he has identified him.
The White House mole, nicknamed “Anonymous,” first surfaced in 2018, when they wrote an op-ed for the New York Times claiming to be part of the “resistance” to President Trump. The piece caused an uproar at the time and the anonymity of the author was a big part of that. However, in the context of hysterical opposition to the president, the content was incendiary too.
The author claimed that there was a “quiet resistance” inside the US government dedicated to stopping the president’s “reckless decisions” – in other words, trying to sabotage the political program the American people had voted for.
Nobody worked out who the leaker was, beyond the fact they claimed to be a “senior administration official,” and eventually the fuss died down. Then last November, the same person released a full-length book about what they claimed it was like inside the Trump administration.
As it turned out the book, dramatically titled “A Warning,” was panned by critics. The Washington Post reviewer, Carlos Lozada, complained that while the book talked about personalities and made claims about rash actions prevented, there was no clue what these actions might have been. He said, “‘A Warning’ tells us plenty about what Anonymous thinks, not enough about what Anonymous knows.”
Follow the Clues
However, while it didn’t say much about what they know the book did give a clue about who Anonymous was.
It wasn’t much, but the book’s dedication suggested that the writer had children. That’s nowhere near enough to identify them – many government staffers have children – but could it have narrowed the field enough that, by adding other details, the author’s identity could be uncovered?
President Trump says he can’t say who Anonymous is, but he does claim to know. If any senior officials quietly resign over the next couple of weeks there’s a good chance one of them is the White House mole, no longer quite as Anonymous as they tried to be.
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