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A White House staffer is fired for snarky tweets

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01:  A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011 in London, England. Anonymous Twitter users have recently claimed to reveal the identity of numerous high-profile individuals who have taken out legal privacy injunctions.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Oli Scarff/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011 in London, England. Anonymous Twitter users have recently claimed to reveal the identity of numerous high-profile individuals who have taken out legal privacy injunctions. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A White House national security staffer was fired last week after having been outed as the publisher of insulting tweets about the Obama administration under the twitter handle @natsecwonk. He didn’t give up any national security secrets, but instead vented about some of the madness he saw daily in Washington.

A White House national security staffer was fired last week after having been outed as the publisher of insulting tweets about the Obama administration under the twitter handle @natsecwonk. Jofi Joseph had been running the twitter account for more than two years and tweeted comments like “I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me."

His tweets, while not always kind, were pretty harmless. He didn’t give up any national security secrets, but instead vented about some of the madness he saw daily in Washington.

But what made him decide to take that venting to Twitter? Have you ever wanted to create some anonymous twitter handle to talk about the crazy people at your job? How do you vent without actually going to twitter or doing something to risk losing your job?

Guest:

Joseph J. Lazzarotti, Partner, New Jersey office of Jackson Lewis LLP. He leads the firm's Privacy, Social Media and Information Management Practice.

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