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Anonymous Trump Official Used An Intermediary To Submit Op-Ed To New York Times

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter

The anonymous author of the anti-Trump “resistance” op-ed published in The New York Times Wednesday used an intermediary to submit the piece to the newspaper.

The piece “was submitted to Times opinion editors last week through an intermediary,” according to a story by The NYT citing its op-ed editor James Dao.

“It was clear early on that the writer wanted anonymity, but we didn’t grant anything until we read it and we were confident that they were who they said they were,” Dao told The NYT.

Dao said that he spoke with the author, a senior administration official, directly at some point but did not explain what form of communication he or she used, according to CNN.

The identity of the third party who vouched for the alleged senior administration official is unknown.

The NYT editorial board called publishing the anonymous piece a “rare step.” (RELATED: Bookmaking Frenzy Over Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Favors These Officials As Author)

“We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure,” the editorial board wrote in a note at the beginning of the op-ed. “We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.”

Correction: The article previously identified the op-ed author as a “senior White House official.” In fact, the Times identified the writer as a “senior administration official.”

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