James Wolfe, longtime intelligence panel staffer, is accused of lying to the FBI about giving sensitive information to journalists

A former staff employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been indicted on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts with reporters, after federal agents seized years of telephone and email records belonging to one of the reporters, Ali Watkins of the New York Times.

Federal prosecutors said on Thursday that James A Wolfe, 58, had been arrested and indicted on three counts of false statements. Wolfe and Watkins were in “a personal relationship” that began in 2013 when Watkins was a news service intern in Washington, DC, according to charging documents.

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