The right-wing internet sleuths do it again.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Tweets with photos of XXXX’s face surrounded by circles and arrows in a picture taken from his time at the White House were racking up tens of thousands of retweets. The picture, taken as Obama White House staff reacted to Obama’s first speech after Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 election, shows dismayed White House reacting to the election results. But as the picture circulated on social media this week, it was erroneously described as showing Obama staffers reacting to Trump’s first White House visit—and XXXX’s unhappy face was used as “proof” that the whistleblower was always biased against Trump.
“It had my face circled, and it said something to the effect of, ‘Here is your alleged Ukraine whistleblower,’” XXXX said.
But XXXX, who is now the head of MIT’s Project on Technology, Economy & National Security, can’t be the whistleblower. He left the White House in January 2017 as a special assistant to the president at the end of the Obama administration, meaning that he was more than two years removed from Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. He wasn’t there to hear internal concern over that call, or to have the Intelligence Community’s inspector general subsequently corroborate his account, because, again, he is not the whistleblower.
Nevertheless, in their quest to out the anonymous whistleblower, pro-Trump media personalities and their armies of Twitter fans have wrongly accused XXXX. A zoomed-in picture of his face was added to a widely-circulated video purporting to show the whistleblower’s name, which went viral on MAGA Twitter.
XXXXdidn’t go into detail on the threats he received, but said they were concerning for his family.
“Yes, there were lots of people saying mean and threatening things,” XXXXsaid. “Yes, it is the internet.”