Judicial Watch just gave journalist Sara Carter a heads up that her name was mentioned on a list of enemies compiled by the Ukrainian Embassy, confirming her earlier reporting. The State Department finally coughed up a bunch of records that they asked for back in October. Once the watchdog group got a chance to look them over, they noticed many high profile Republicans and conservative journalists including Donald Trump Jr. and Sean Hannity were also included. One of the most surprising things revealed in the documents is that the Embassy was keeping tabs on reporters who covered not just Ukrainian Ambassador Yovanovitch, they also went after anyone who wrote about any ties George Soros had with Ukraine.
A list of enemies
The freshly declassified State Department records clearly confirm that “the U.S. Embassy in Kiev monitored the Twitter accounts of 13 people.” Not just ordinary people, most were conservative reporters, “including Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.” John Solomon, who’s name also appears told Hannity the report “smacks of an enemies list.”
After the team at Judicial Watch got done combing through the pile, they ended up with documents which prove that U.S. State Department officials were watching the twitter accounts of American citizens and specifically watching for any use of certain specific terms in their reporting. Not only that, they were using taxpayer money to compile their illicit list.
They wanted to know everything that was being said about the U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine. They keyed in all varieties they could think of to cover “Ukraine” “Ambassador” “Marie” “Yovanovitch.” While it’s understandable that the embassy would be concerned about things written about the ambassador which might be detrimental, things get spooky when you learn that they also were monitoring terms related to “Clinton campaign,” “Biden-Burisma,” and even “Ukraine Soros.” They obviously kept a list of anyone interested in those things so they could target them for further “attention,” as needed.
The documents list the targeted persons as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rudy Giuliani, Dan Bongino, Sebastian Gorka, John Solomon, Jack Posobiec, Ryan Saavedra, Sara A Carter, Donald Trump Jr., Michael McFaul, Lou Dobbs and Pamela Gellar (2/3).https://t.co/vGpDCX1TvJ pic.twitter.com/3sppjjBrzA
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) September 1, 2020
Spying on social media accounts
Sara Carter told the world all about it last fall when she wrote that sources “had confirmed that members of the media, including myself and 12 others, ‘were having their social media accounts spied on by members of the Ukrainian embassy.'” Yes Sara, there really is an enemy list and you really are on it.
Judicial Watch followed her lead. Since they knew about the list, they went on a fishing trip. They demanded that the State Department hand over “all records pertaining to the scope of the monitoring to be conducted and individuals subject to it as well as records documenting the information collected pursuant to the monitoring.” It took them nearly a year to go through it word by word so they could black out the best parts with a black magic marker.
Along with the journalists they expected to find, Judicial watch was stunned to see that Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani are also on the enemy list. Ms. Yovanovitch worked her way up through the ranks as “a career diplomat.” After serving at “embassies in Kyrgyzstan and Armenia,” Barack Obama sent her to the Ukraine in 2016. Nobody heard her name until “Yovanovitch testified behind closed doors during the House impeachment inquiry against Trump.” Now we’re learning why.