… BUT HOW? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY … WHO?
Deborah Jeane Palfrey – better known as the “D.C. Madam” – made global headlines a decade ago when she was revealed to be the ringleader of a high-end escort service in our nation’s capital.
Remember that scandal?
It all began in October 2006, when undercover federal agents posing as prospective homebuyers gained access to Palfrey’s residence (without a warrant) and found a treasure trove of information related to her prostitution business.
For the record, we believe prostitution should be legalized.
“If people want to make money by having sex with other people, what business is that of the government?” we wrote a few years back in one of our many posts supporting the decriminalization of the industry.
Anyway, Palfrey was eventually found guilty of money laundering and racketeering – and was in line to receive a prison sentence of approximately five years. On May 1, 2008, however, her lifeless body was found hanging from the end of a nylon rope fastened to the ceiling of a Florida storage shed – ostensibly a suicide.
Many of the D.C. Madam’s high-end customers escaped public exposure – but not all of them. U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, for example, was forced to admit he was one of Palfrey’s customers.
Nearly a decade later, Palfrey’s “little black book” is back in the news. Her former attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, claims that there are previously-unreleased phone records related to the Palfrey case that are “very relevant” to the 2016 presidential election.
In fact, Sibley claims these records have already been digitized and prepared for online posting – and that they will be released to the public in the event the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t lift a lingering gag order in the case.
Late Thursday, the online hacker collective Anonymous – which has been issuing multiple warnings to the campaign of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas – posted a page purported to be from Palfrey’s records with incoming calls from Texas highlighted.
“Hey Teddy Cruz,” the message stated.
Take a look …
(Pic via Twitter)
Cruz’s campaign was rocked by multiple affair allegations last week – which he promptly blamed on “Republican” frontrunner Donald Trump (although it appears the leaks had a decidedly different point of origin).
This week, the scandal has taken a turn toward the ridiculous.
Where does this increasingly insane presidential election go from here? That’s anybody’s guess …