Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Wednesday his wife needed a police escort to go to their local park after his private information was posted online by a former Democratic aide on Capitol Hill.
"I was 'doxed,' meaning our personal information was released — our personal address where I’m here in Washington, where I live in Utah, as well as my personal cellphone number. And it’s terrible. It leaves us feeling very unsafe," Lee said during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt.
Jackson Cosko, an unpaid fellow assigned to the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, faces almost 50 years in federal prison for allegedly editing the Wikipedia pages of five Republican senators, including Lee, with sensitive details using congressional IP addresses. Cosko previously worked for Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
Lee's page was changed on Sept. 27 while the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the sexual assault allegations levied against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Lee is a GOP member of the panel who defended Kavanaugh.
"My wife has had to be followed to the park by the local police," Lee told Hewitt on Wednesday. "It’s not a pleasant thing. This is completely unnecessary, I would add. It’s completely unnecessary to descend to a point in our society where with the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, someone has to feel physically threatened by the release of such information."
Cosko has been charged with five federal offenses: making public restricted personal information, making threats in interstate commerce, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, and witness tampering. The complaint against him also charges him with second-degree burglary and unlawful entry, which are both criminal offenses in D.C.