A White House national security official has been fired after he was revealed to be the person behind a trolling Twitter account which attacked his colleagues and the Obama administration.
Tweeting under the name @natsecwonk, Jofi Joseph has been leaking internal Obama administration and frustrating the White House for two years.
Joseph was a director in the non-proliferation section of the White House National Security Staff and was, until recently, part of the administration's team tasked with working on negotiations with Iran. The feed has since been shut down.
NatSecWonk described himself as person who "unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks. A keen observer of the foreign policy and national security scene. I'm abrasive and bring the snark," and not everyone was quite as critical as the White House.
Talking of the disappearance of NatSecWonk, Gordon Lubold, writing for Foreign Policy magazine said: "Like a sniper in his hide, NatSecWonk delivered blows from his or her darkened perch. Anyone in the media, government, or think-tank world was fair game. But within the Beltway, NatSecWonk was considered a valuable source of information."
Often, however, the tweets were extremely personal, insulting the appearance and intellect of senior staff. An anonymous colleague told Foreign Policy that NatSecWonk 'was an acerbic Twitter pundit that relished taking anonymous shots at senior leaders who are doing their very best for this country."
Before the Twitter feed was shut down, The Daily Beast managed to grab a couple of examples to give a taste of NatSecWonk's style:
"I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me," he once tweeted.
"Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and Cass Sunstein ....," was a more personal example.
A White House spokesman confirmed to The Daily Beast that Joseph no longer worked for the administration, but declined further comment.