You’d be forgiven if you don’t. After all, the whole scandal—from Breaking News Item #1 to Breaking News Item #5—played out in, basically, one evening. One hyped-up, nervous, melodramatic evening.
Well, today, the guy who got Melodrama’s ball rolling (that would be Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, a State Department contractor from Arlington, Virginia) announces, via his lawyer, that he, according to The Washington Post, “will plead guilty to illegally accessing the electronic passport records of high-profile politicians, entertainers and other Americans.” It’s official: the Giant Scandal Everyone Was Talking About For An Evening wasn’t, in fact, Watergate II; it was just a low-level contractor, snooping.
And…scene.Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.