The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Jofi Joseph, who helped negotiate policy on Iran as the director of the non-proliferation section of the White House National Security Staff, was fired last week when he was discovered as the man behind an anonymous Twitter account bashing the Obama administration and its foreign policy.
From the @natsecwonk account, Joseph vexed his colleagues with candid and often insulting opinions of White House staff. National political figures and journalists, including the Daily Beast reporter who discovered his alias, were also hit with Joseph’s snark. Here’s a sample of tweets from the now-deleted account, culled from Google Search results:
Jun 11, 2013 – The number of people who think @hillaryclinton personally writes her own tweets makes me weep for the future of American democracy.
@EricDKoch Look, Issa is an ass, but he’s on to something here with the @HillaryClinton whitewash of accountability for Benghazi.
Apr 16, 2013 – Hearing that Sam Powers is in final stages of vetting for nomination to replace Maria Otero as Under Secretary of All That Soft Power Crap.
Oct 2, 2013 – Can someone again brief @AmbassadorPower that Bashar Assad likely doesn’t follow her Twitter feed?
Feb 7, 2013 – “Oh fuck, Kerry has been in this job for 4days and he’s already boring the bejesus out of everyone in this room!” http://flic.kr/p/dT8tGU.
Jul 21, 2013 – Anyone else get the sense that the White House really could care less whether John Kerry succeeds at his Israel-Palestine peace effort?
Sep 19, 2013 – When will @grahamblog provide concrete verifiable assurances that he is in fact a straight man? Which no one believes, by the by.
Jul 18, 2013 – I’m dying to call out Liz Cheney for the overweight fat pig that she is. But then I remember that Mike Enzi weighs even more. #fail.
Oct 8, 2013 – Word on the street? @rhodes44 getting ready to cash out and join Beacon Global Strategies, aka Douches Incorporated.
Oct 5, 2013 – Thanks @jonfavs for the new profile pic — now all of us can see just how much gel you put into your precious hair!Sep 19, 2013 – Remember folks, every time @marcthiessen bloviates about Obama, this is the same fat pig who used to work for racist in chief Jesse Helms.
10 Oct. Vitriol against @arifleischer entirely justified. He married a woman a decade younger than him – and she’s as ugly as he is! #jackass
Oct 3, 2013 – Me thinks @Peggynoonannyc and @chrismatthews should get together and swap stories, share some drinks and discuss why they are irrelevant
26 SepNatSecWonk @NatSecWonk. Just a hunch, but I have the sense lots of people would like to punch @joshrogin in the face.
Update: Marc Ambinder has an archive of all @natsecwonk tweets:
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