Lunatics and Morons: GOP Outs Fake Whistleblower as Part of Criminal Obstruction

A former Obama staffer has been erroneously accused by the pro-Trump internet of blowing the whistle on the Ukraine affair. He didn’t. But now he’s getting death threats.

“But Edelman, 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.”

Former Obama White House staffer R. David Edelman woke up Thursday to a bizarre new reality: Many people on the pro-Trump internet were convinced that he was the anonymous whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment proceedings.

And then the death threats started.

“There were people threatening real physical harm, alluding to the fact that I will not live very long,” Edelman said. “That was obviously upsetting for my family.”

Edelman, who is not the whistleblower, first became aware of his starring role in the new hoax in an email from a friend, who found a picture of Edelman on Twitter and thought it was funny. But Edelman soon realized his strange new problem was much bigger than that, after searching his name and “Obama whistleblower photo” on Twitter.


R. David Edelman


FAKE NEWS: the ‘NERD’ circled below is the whistleblower.

TRUE (just not news): the ‘NERD’ circled below is…this nerd. Me.

Left government in 2017. Sorry to disappoint, y’all.

View image on Twitter

“It had my face circled, and it said something to the effect of, ‘Here is your alleged Ukraine whistleblower,’” Edelman said.

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  1. Duran says the guy is Eric Ciaramella. The guy looks a lot alike in the photo, but some difference. Are they wrong?

  2. What a gloomy looking bunch. A picture on Twitter? That is some dig deep, ground-breaking journalism by Will Sommer (sarc). Honestly, I’m not seeing the obstruction angle in this. It’s becoming an echo chamber around here.

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