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The racy, private email messages that have S.C. Governor Mark Sanford in the middle of a political firestorm are said to have originated from the jilted ex-husband of the governor’s alleged mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, sources are telling FITS.

A source at The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, which published several of the emails yesterday afternoon, could not confirm who sent them, however.

The paper originally received the emails several months ago but declined to investigate whether or not they were authentic until this week.

Obviously, this would be quite an interesting twist to this ongoing saga as most people – including us – naturally assumed that the emails were leaked by a political opponent of Gov. Sanford here in the United States.

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