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    Literary agents representing resistance superhero “Anonymous” go on record refuting scurrilous rumors.

    Jonny Diamond

    February 3, 2020, 10:22am

    The Katniss Everdeen of our generation—aka the anonymous Trump administration official who wrote a high-fructose op-ed and bestselling book about… silently and ineffectually resisting?—is the subject of Beltway rumors, as some are suggesting that “Anonymous” is, in fact, a high-ranking National Security Aide.

    Not so! claim the agents representing Anonymous, the high-powered DC insiders at Javelin (which is an agency, not a private defense contractor, for now). As reported by Politico, agency co-founder Matt Latimer, who made the deal for A Warning (yes yes, thanks for the warning), said:

    We have heard various theories and conclusions based on  “solid reporting.” We have politely declined to confirm or deny them. That was a decision we made in deference to our author and we had intended to stick by it. Now truly bizarre circumstances have forced us to change that position.

    Speculation has centered on deputy national security adviser Valerie Coates, who just so happens to also be an art historian, and the author of a 2016 book, David’s Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art (and helped former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld write his memoir?). This is a very odd timeline indeed. Latimer continues:

    This “investigation” is based on innuendo, the irrelevant fact that she once worked with this agency on an art history book, and otherwise unprovable allegations — which are unprovable because they are not true. The fact that there is no real evidence has not stopped a whisper campaign against her to members of the press in the hope that someone would write a story. Nor has it stopped uninformed idiots from trying to out her on Twitter on Pavlovian command. As a result, her career is now at risk. […]  Dr. Coates is not Anonymous. She does not know who Anonymous is.

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