LOL! A Reporter Found James Comey’s Secret Twitter… His Response Was PERFECT

ALEXANDRIA, VA - MARCH 29: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey delivers the keynote remarks at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership Dinner March 29, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. While testifying before the House Intelligence Committee last week, Comey said the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, and will pursue it "no matter how long that takes." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

FBI Director James Comey revealed earlier this week that he secretly keeps a Twitter and Instagram account, so one reporter set out to find them—and, hilariously, she did.

Gizmodo reporter Ashley Feinberg went through a significant amount of sleuthing and came across what she believes (with good reason) is to be Director Comey’s personal twitter account.

This is the BEST kind of investigative journalism.

Check it out (via IJR):

She began by tracing the online presence of Comey’s son, Brien, which then led her to an Instagram account under the name of “reinholdniebuhr.” The account had just 10 followers — and Comey had bragged about how only nine people or so have access to his account.

There was still no evidence that it could be Comey’s account other than it had a tenuous link to his son’s account. Then Feinberg did a quick Google search for a connection between Reinhold Niebuhr and the FBI director himself. She found this article:

By senior year, Comey was a double major in religion and chemistry, writing a senior thesis on theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and televangelist Jerry Falwell and on his way to the University of Chicago Law School…

Feinberg then took the evidence she’d stumbled upon to Twitter, and found the account @projectexile7. The name on the account is the same as the Instagram—Reinhold Neibuhr. She continued:

But how to be sure? There is only one person currently following the account: Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare. Wittes is no Twitter neophyte. He is an active user with more than 25,000 followers, and he only follows 1,178 accounts—meaning he is not a subscriber to the “followback” philosophy. If he is following a random egg—and is the only account following it—there is probably a reason.

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That reason could be the fact that, as Wittes wrote here, he is a personal friend of James Comey. (We’ve reached out to Wittes for comment but have yet to hear back.)

Project Exile happens to be a federal program that James Comey helped develop when he was a U.S. attorney living in Richmond. And then, of course, there are the follows.

Also, look who @projectexile7 follows:

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But the story gets better.

Once Feinberg’s story about the account posted, @projectexile7 tweeted.

Check it out:

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Of course there’s no way to know for sure whether or not the account is really run by Director Comey… nevertheless, the story’s pretty awesome either way.


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