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Who's The Senior WH Official That Threatened Bob Woodward?

In response to Woodward: WH Aide 'Yelled at Me' for Half Hour:

Bob Woodward said a "very senior person" at the White House had threatened him about his sequester reporting via email, which John Sexton reports happened after that person yelled at him on the phone for half an hour. Woodward, so far, has refused to reveal who that White House official is.

These types of threats and intimidation designed to silence Obama's critics have been going on since (at least) the '08 campaign.

You may remember  Sharyl Attkisson told Laura Ingraham on her radio show in October, 2011, that "a guy from the White House literally screamed" at her and "cussed" at her over the phone. She told Ingraham that person was WH communications flack,  Eric Schultz, but since Bob Woodward indicated that  it is a "very senior person" that eliminates Schultz.

Here's Obama's top White House staff:

"a very senior person" at the White House had warned him that he would "regret doing this" - See more at: http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/02/27/White-House-Tells-Bob-Woodward-You-Will-Regret-Doing-This-The-Video#disqus_thread
"a very senior person" at the White House had warned him that he would "regret doing this" - See more at: http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/02/27/White-House-Tells-Bob-Woodward-You-Will-Regret-Doing-This-The-Video#disqus_threadidn't want to divulge who the culprit was
  • Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
  • Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors
  • Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Counselor to the President Peter Rouse
  • Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett
  • Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer

Let the guessing games begin!

UPDATE:

Via Reuters, the shouter and threatening emailer has been identified as Gene Sperling, head of the National Economic Council.

 Woodward's account of his recent testy exchange with the White House points to continued sensitivity over the issue of whose idea the sequester was.

A White House official said in an emailed response to Reuters that no threat was intended by the comment.

"The email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation," the aide said. "The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more."

The BuzzFeed news website identified the official who tangled with Woodward as Gene Sperling, head of the National Economic Council. The White House did not respond to a request to confirm the identity of the official.

Yes, the Buzzfeed story was written by Ben "nothing to see here" Smith. 


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