A lengthy piece at Real Clear Investigations reports that White House officials have identified former deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates as the infamous Anonymous, the “senior official in the Trump administration,” who penned a 2018 New York Times op-ed slamming President Trump as being unfit for office and claiming to be part of an internal “resistance” that vowed to “thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
“After an exhaustive investigation, the White House believes it’s cracked the case, identifying Trump’s turncoat as his former deputy national security adviser, Victoria Coates, according to people familiar with the internal probe,” Real Clear’s Paul Sperry reported on April 15. “Rather than fire Coates, the White House has quietly transferred her to the Department of Energy, where she awaits special assignment in Saudi Arabia – far from the president.”
“Trump effectively demoted Coates just four months after promoting her last fall to the No. 2 spot on his National Security Council,” Sperry adds. He goes on to cite numerous sources who “either participated in the investigation of Coates or have direct knowledge of it” in breaking down the steps that he says led to Coates being finally unmasked.
Sperry states that computer text analyses were conducted that detected “strikingly similar language, turns of phrase and historical references by both Coates and Anonymous.” He notes that “firsthand accounts” mentioned by Anonymous were “witnessed only by Coates and a small number of others, the latter of whom were ruled out as suspects” and he cites her “hawkish” interventionist views on foreign policy and ties to a literary agent who extensively works with NeverTrump Republicans as further evidence pointing towards her.
When Coates was suddenly transferred to the Energy Department in February, mainstream media accounts referenced rumors that she might be Anonymous, who also wrote a book highly critical of the Trump administration. “The White House leadership rejects rumors that have circulated recently and does not put any stock in the suggestion that Victoria Coates is the author of ‘Anonymous: A Warning’ or the related op-ed in The New York Times,” a senior Trump administration official said at the time.
Real Clear Investigations notes that Coates is a “protégé of Bush administration Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,” who ardently supported the Iraq War. Reporter Sperry also says Coates and Anonymous have the same book agent, the Javelin Literary Agency. Javelin “maintains a full stable of anti-Trump authors, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton and fired FBI Director James Comey,” Sperry wrote.
Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst who served as Bolton’s chief of staff at the National Security Council in 2018 inside the Trump administration, quickly defended Coates on Twitter after Real Clear published its expose.
1/ Utter nonsense. No one was outed. This piece is full of ridiculous arguments, such as @VictoriaCoates must be "Anonymous" because she is from PA and Anonymous cited 2 lesser known Pennsylvanians. I'm from PA too and I worked for the NSC. I'm not Anonymous either.
— Fred Fleitz (@FredFleitz) April 15, 2020
K.T. McFarland, who served as deputy national security adviser under Michael Flynn in 2017, also refuted the allegation. “Anonymous’ sanctimonious, elitist tone, and [the writer’s] implication that Trump is an immoral idiot doesn’t match up with the Victoria Coates I have known for years,” McFarland told Sperry.
Yet Sperry quotes other former officials as claiming just the opposite. “She was very anti-Trump in private,” an ex-NSC official “who worked with Coates on the Mideast desk” told the reporter. “She even defended Obama holdovers to me. They’re all fighting Trump.”
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