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Monday, October 02, 2006

Who Was the Instant Message Informant?

Today is October 2 and we have a scandal. What do they call this in an election year? Class? Anyone?

Little needs be said about the scandal itself. It's not pretty. What is interesting is how previously undisclosed instant messages by the Congressman in question made their way to ABC. Clarice Feldman of The American Thinker blog lays the entire scenario out very well and in extensive detail. To make a long story short, a group calling themselves C.R.E.W is behind the exposé (unfortunate word choices). According to American Thinker quoting The Hill, CREW and its executive director, Melanie Sloan, have a long history with Democratic causes.

Feldman goes on to impugn Brian Ross of ABC, finding it interesting that Ross and CREW seemed to come upon the instant messages simultaneously.

When will we hear about CREW's involvement from the "mainstream" media? What did they know and when did they know it? What was the purpose of this mysterious, low-flying blog that first published the not-quite-innocent, not-quite-criminal email messages?

(Let me be clear: this guy is scum and I'm glad he's been outed. I'm questioning the timing.)

Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Great point scribbler. It is hard to imagine that Democrats did not know about these instant messages. Moreover, considering that the messages were from 1993, one wonders how long they had them. Normally the timing wouldn't matter much except for gotcha politics. However, in this case, the failure to release the messages for political purposes worked at allowing Foley to be out there as a predator.

12:24 AM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Instant Messaging from 1993? Weren't those called "letters" and they weren't so instant? Care to check those dates again Saurus?

2:17 PM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Compuserv had some sort of chat back then. I first used Instant Message in either '95 or '96. And the government could certainly have had some such system earlier.

But Foley wasn't in office until '95. I believe some of the email messages have been common knowledge for a couple of years, but it was my understanding the IM's were a surprise to all but those who hoarded them.

5:07 PM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

I meant 2003. My mistake. At lease I encouraged some commentary.

10:04 PM, October 09, 2006  

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