WASHINGTON — The former security director of the Senate Intelligence Committee pleaded guilty Monday to making a false statement to the FBI as part of an investigation into media leaks.
James Wolfe, who for nearly three decades served in a nonpartisan role at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday and acknowledged making a false statement to FBI agents who questioned him in December 2017. Two other false statement charges will be dropped as part of a plea agreement.
While Wolfe pleaded guilty to misleading the agents, he wasn’t charged with actually leaking classified information, a point underlined by his lawyers.
“We have seen numerous distortions on social and other media of the facts of this matter,” Wolfe’s attorneys said in a statement following the plea. “So we emphasize again today that Jim was never charged with having compromised classified information, nor is such a charge part of today’s plea.”
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