Oct. 23 - Speaking about a senior White House official who was the voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said he ''does not work here anymore.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A senior White House official who was helping to negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on Capitol Hill, a government official said on Tuesday. Jofi Joseph was director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, but for more than two years sent hundreds of anonymous and abrasive tweets using the handle @NatSecWonk. He was fired last week after he was caught, the official said. During a press conference, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "I do not have any information on personnel matters. I can tell you that the individual does not work here anymore. He was an employee of the State Department on temporary duty here." "Unless you have an authorized official Twitter account, or social media account, as some of us do, White House employees are not able to access Social Media sites like that at all - obviously, for personal use," Carney said.