You may recall the story of how Republican senators were doxxed last week by someone who added their personal information to their Wikipedia profiles including their phone numbers and their home addresses. The people doxxed included Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), all of whom provided strong support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The IP address was flagged as being a House IP address. And now an arrest has been made and it traces right back to Democrats.
From Fox News:
A Democratic congressional intern was arrested Wednesday and accused of posting the personal information of at least one Republican senator during last week’s hearing about sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, authorities said.
U.S. Capitol Police said 27-year-old Jackson Cosko was charged with making public restricted personal information, witness tampering, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second-degree burglary and unlawful entry. Police added that the investigation was continuing and more charges could be filed.
He worked for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) until this incident, after which he was terminated.
Jackson Lee’s chief of staff called Cosko’s alleged actions “unfortunate” and said they were cooperating with the police.
He previously worked with Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. He also worked or interned with the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as with at least one other unnamed lawmaker. A LinkedIn page with Cosko’s name on it describes him as a “Democratic Political Professional & Cybersecurity Graduate Student.”
Hassan’s office has had two substantial personnel issues in recent months. Earlier this year, an intern for the senator shouted “Mr. President, f— you!” across the Capitol Rotunda at President Trump as he was being escorted into the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Hassan’s office declined to comment on Cosko’s arrest.
He worked for Feinstein and Sheila Jackson Lee? What a coincidence.
Two other senators may also have been doxxed, according to reports.
One of the numbers listed for Graham was incorrect, however, and was actually the number for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group.
Fox News has also learned that Cosko was discovered by aides Tuesday night working on a computer in a Capitol Hill office that did not belong to Jackson Lee. He was arrested at his Washington home the following day. Capitol Hill security officials plan to scrub the computers in question.
That may explain the “unauthorized use of a computer, second-degree burglary and unlawful entry” charges.
There’s obviously still more to the story to yet emerge given the “witness tampering” charge.