Former FBI Director James Comey finally put an end to months of speculation about a mysterious Twitter account, admitting that “Reinhold Niebuhr” is really Comey himself.
In March, at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance leadership dinner, Comey slipped up and revealed that he had a private Twitter account, but said it was only for immediately relatives.
Comey had stated at the dinner, “I care deeply about privacy, treasure it. I have an Instagram account with nine followers. Nobody is getting in. They’re all immediate relatives and one daughter’s serious boyfriend. I let them in because they’re serious enough. I don’t want anybody looking at my photos. I treasure my privacy and security on the internet. My job is public safety.”
Ashley Feinberg of Gizmodo published a report afterward, revealing how she had done a bit of sleuthing and had discovered an account under the name “Reinhold Niebuhr” that she believed was Comey.
The account contained several mysterious, encrypted messages, some of which referred to Comey, but there was no proof the account was actually his.
However, Feinberg noted that Comey had written his senior thesis on American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (who died in 1971) while he was a student at the College of William and Mary.
Saturday, “Reinhold Niebuhr” tweeted out a picture of a man standing in a cornfield, with the caption, “Good to be back in Iowa.” However, the photo was taken from the man’s back, so he was not identifiable.
Monday, the mystery was finally cleared up, when another post showed up, with a definite picture of Comey himself, and the caption, “Goodbye Iowa. On the road home. Gotta get back to writing. Will try to tweet in useful ways. ”
Scroll down to see the Twitter posts below.
President Trump fired James Comey from his FBI Director position on May 9, 2017.
Good to be back in Iowa. pic.twitter.com/TGJHOhQ9KF
— Reinhold Niebuhr (@FormerBu) October 21, 2017
Goodbye Iowa. On the road home. Gotta get back to writing. Will try to tweet in useful ways. pic.twitter.com/DCbu3Yvqt3
— Reinhold Niebuhr (@FormerBu) October 23, 2017
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