After a long time of investigating, writer Paul Sperry who works for Real Clear Investigations, has finally uncovered as to who the whistleblower is. Eric Ciaramella is a 33-year-old CIA analyst, registered Democrat and worked under the Obama administration and with former vice president Joe Biden.
A former NSC official spoke of how Ciaramella left his National Security Council post in the White House' West Wing in 2017. This came amid concerns about the negative leaks to the media. He was accused of working against the president and leaking information against the president .The NSC official spoke under the condition of anonymity. At this time, Ciaramella was also said to go to the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for "guidance".
A former co-worker who also spoke to Sperry under anonymity said that Ciaramella worked with a Democratic National Committee operative to dig up things on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. The said operative Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American DNC opposition researcher, knows Ciaramella. He invited her to the White House for meetings, and they know each other well. There are documents that confirm that Chalupa has attented a meeting with Ciaramella in November 2015.
It is said that Ciaramella's former colleagues have compiled a 40-page research dossier on him. A classified version of this is currently circulating Capitol Hill.
Ciaramella is a CIA officer specializing in Russia and Ukraine. There were several U.S. officials who told RealClear Investigations that Ciaramella being invited to a state luncheon back in 2016 was unusual. This state luncheon in October 2016 was the one that the then vice president hosted for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. It was unusual due to Ciaramella being a GS-13 federal employee.
Former White House officials also informed the publication that Ciaramella worked on Ukrainian policy issues for Biden from 2015-2016. He was assigned to the NSC by Brennan. Under the Trump administration, he eventually transitioned into the West Wing where he moved over to the front office to fill a vacancy.
The official emphasizes as that Ciaramella opposed the Republican president's foreign policies. May 2017, Ciaramella actually broke the rules, according to his former NSC co-worker, when he sent an email alerting another agency that the president happened to hold a meeting with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office a day after he fired Comey. The email was also said to include the detail of Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the president a week before the firing.
This email aimed to generate the "Putin fired Comey" narrative, and ended up in the hands of the media. Ciaramella was said to have implied that President Putin was the one who suggested that President Trump fire Comey. The email's main recipient was said to be the Homeland Security Director John Kelly.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no conspiracy between the two presidents. Ciaramella left the White House after Mueller's appointment.
Democrats are planning a House vote on the impeachment-inquiry rules. Despite the Republicans being able to call their own witnesses, the requests as to who it must be will be set for the Democrat's approval. Therefore, there's a big chance that the whistleblower will remain protected and will not be called to speak about it as the investigation continues.