Well, this one is definitely going to be blamed on Bush.
President Obama’s nominee to be the next ambassador to Iraq has got himself into hot water after racy emails allegedly revealing an affair with a Wall Street Journal reporter while both were in Baghdad were leaked online.
The emails, from 2008, are reportedly between Brett McGurk, a top adviser on Iraq to George W.Bush and Gina Chon, who was covering the Iraq War for the WSJ.
The messages, which have not been verified, show the couple’s banter about McGurk’s ‘blue balls’, ‘hooking up’ for the first time, as well as McGurk joking about divulging information and access to Chon.
The couple are now married. McGurk was married to another woman in 2006, although it is not clear if he was still married at the time of this alleged email exchange with Chon.
The cache of emails surfaced the day before McGurk appeared before a Senate panel on his nomination on Wednesday, although he was not questioned about them then.
They first appeared on photo-sharing site Flickr and were then posted on the blog, Cryptome.
In one email McGurk wrote: ‘I had a very good day with the Iraqis — the best yet. Can’t tell you about it of course.’
Chon’s reply: ‘This is like a journalist’s version of blue balls and it’s really not fair.’
He fires back: ‘Well it’s only fair — since I had a very real case of blue balls last night!’ He goes onto mention ‘self-healing’ exercises to cure the problem.
Dude is smooth.