Skip to comments.Papers Knew of Foley E-Mail but Did Not Publish Stories
Posted on 10/02/2006 9:57:22 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
At least two news organizations were tipped off to e-mail messages sent by Representative Mark Foley long before the story of his sexually explicit remarks to teenage pages broke last week and forced him to resign.
Brian Ross of ABC News said he learned about the e-mail messages in August but was too busy with Hurricane Katrina and the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to pursue them immediately. None of the organizations seemed to anticipate how big the story would become.
Then, in June, the reports resurfaced on Capitol Hill, where a neighborhood resident struck up a conversation in a bar with someone who had provided the e-mail messages. He said he passed them on to several news outlets. The resident, who said he was not affiliated with either party and was motivated by concern for the teenager, would talk only on condition of anonymity.
No one acted on the information until last week, and even then, it was a Web site that first posted the exchange. It is not clear who maintains the Weblog, stopsexpredators.blogspot.com, which appears to be largely devoted to the Foley scandal.
ABC News had its first account several days later on its Web site.
Mr. Ross said he was surprised by how quickly the congressmans office confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail messages, first when ABC reported them on Sept. 28, and again a day later when confronted with much more explicit exchanges.
Mr. Ross dismissed suggestions by some Republicans that the news was disseminated as part of a smear campaign against Mr. Foley.
I hate to give up sources, but to the extent that I know the political parties of any of the people who helped us, it would be the same party, Mr. Ross said, referring to Republicans.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
The rumors started resurfacing in June. Did Democrats in the House not hear of it then? The left-wing CREW group now claims it refered the e-mails to the Justice Department in July.
Why would they talk about this last summer when they could wait until fall and have it interfere more with the election?
The Demoncrats endangered teenage boys for months in order to pop the news closer to the election. They disgust everyone. The story should be told, but it will never see the light of day.
Thanks for the ping. Go check your mail from me and make sure you read every one I sent tonight. I have contacted American Thinker and am contacting the FBI in the morning. Maybe tonight...if I can find the tip line they spoke of today.
Honestly..I have stumbled onto a potentially explosive link in this chain and am actually shaking with a bit of fear.
Folks, I hope you understand why I can not post it all yet on the board.
How long has it been a bedrock civil right to face one's accuser? Where is the crime? the victim?
The DoJ needs to supeonea reports and editors right and left.
Pull Bill Keller in as a start. NIE..."what do you know and when did you know it?" Waterboard time!
Same with these cretins holding back on Foley. It was clear to me he was a $3 bill, but child predator? Maybe a member of Nambla? Buddies with Barney Frank? Who else?
Arrest, interogate, waterboard...Get the info!
Good, we should the Republicans should take back congress and install our leadership to watch over congress.
ABC's Ross in under investigation by the FBI for his role in the CIA leaks case.
His phone calls to and from CIA leakers have been collected as evidence in the case.
So this is just sour grapes.
Ross is afraid of prison and is trying to say that his upcoming indictment is going to be retribution by the GOP.
Please ping me when you can post it.
Just happened to hand over IM's in a bar???
And who was this person
will do. NOW can anybody find the tipline that Haster et al talked about? That would help ALOT!! I have looked everywhere and can not find it.
No, I don't think that is what the article is saying. I read it as a local guy goes into a bar and chats with a person who talks about Foley and e-mails and says he (the person local guy is talking to) disseminated the e-mails to reporters.
This may be an Alexander staffer (or former Alexander staffer) who Mort mentioned on Brit's show as being the source of e-mails getting to reporters.
check your mail..
They said they are creating a toll-free hot line for pages and their families to call to confidentially report any incidents, and will consider adopting new rules on communications between lawmakers and pages.
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