A series of racy e-mails sent between Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon and Brett McGurk, President Obama’s nominee for the ambassador to Iraq, in 2008 has been leaked to the public.The e-mails were sent in 2008, when Chon was a Baghdad correspondent for the WSJ (she now writes for the Money & Investing section) and McGurk was an advisor on Iraq to the Bush administration. The emails highlight a flirtation that began with a dinner meeting and eventually evolved into flirtatious banter, planned dinner dates, talk of “blue balls,” and a blatant reference to their first hook-up on June 23, 2008.
Chon and McGurk are now married, but the e-mails, sent from their respective wsj.com and state.gov accounts, are just plain embarrassing. The leaked exchange first appeared on flickr last week, and were then picked up by Cryptome.
“… I had a very real case of blue balls last night! I think they’re still blue,” McGurk wrote in one email to Chon. Then he added: “They really hurt and won’t stop pouting. I may go see the nurse. :(“
To which Chon shot back: “Depending on how u behave, we’ll see about the nurse.”
McGurk later wrote: “I did a nice self-healing exercise before dinner, btw, so the blueness has receded.”
(See the whole email exchange at Cryptome >)
Aside from the fact that Chon probably committed the biggest no-no in the journalism industry by sleeping with her source, McGurk, by the way, was apparently still married when he and Chon had their rendezvous in the summer of 2008, the Washington Free Beacon is reporting.
We’re not sure how this really affects McGurk’s nomination—it doesn’t appear McGurk divulged any actual state secrets to Chon—but Senator James Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has said he won’t be considering McGurk’s nomination until the e-mail exchange is cleared up, according to USA Today.
Chon will also be taking a leave of absence from the WSJ later this summer. Though it doesn’t appear to be related to the recent leak—she asked for the break in March when McGurk’s nomination was imminent, according to a statement the WSJ released to Gawker—it certainly is very good timing.