On Wednesday Wall Street Journal fired its top foreign affair reporter after they got an evidence of his involvement in the prospective commercial deal. This deal including one involving arms sales to foreign governments with an international businessman who was one of his key sources.
According to the Wall Street Journal there to reporter Jay Solomon, offered a ten percent stake in a fledgling company, Denx LLC, by Farhad Azima, who is an Iranian-born aviation magnate and he has ferried weapons for the CIA. But it was not clear that this offer is accepted by the reporter Jay Solomon or not.
Steve Severinghaus who is Wall Street Journal spokesman said in a statement to The Associated Press that, “We are dismayed by the actions and poor judgment of Jay Solomon,” “While our town team investigation continues, we have concluded that Mr. Solomon violated his ethical obligations as a reporter, as well as our standards.”
AP investigative article which was published on Tuesday and its subject were Azima. During their investigation, AP got the emails and text messages between Solomon and Azima, as well as the agreement for Denx dated March 2015, and this investigation becomes a stake for the reporter Jay Solomon.
As this is the part of reporting of AP, they asked the Journal about documents appearing to link Solomon and Azima. Their relationship was unveiled in interviews and in internal documents. And according to the Azima’s lawyer, these documents were stolen by the hackers.
On Wednesday Solomon told AP “I clearly made mistakes in my reporting and entered into a world I didn’t understand. I never entered into any business with Farhad Azima, nor did I ever intend to. But I understand why the emails and the conversations I had with Mr. Azima may look like I was involved in some seriously troubling activities. I apologize to my bosses and colleagues at the Journal, who were nothing but great to me.”
Ex-CIA employees Gary Bernsten and Scott Modell who are Denx partners too told the AP that Jay Solomon was in touch with Azima and he was discussing proposals deals and at the same time he continued to cultivate the businessman as a source of his stories for the journal.