Sunday, October 08, 2006

Blogger's "stopsexpredators" involved in Foley fall

An article in the Oct. 7 issue of the St. Petersburg Times has an interesting take on the role of blogs in the Foley matter. The relevant blog at issue is, started in late July 2006. The Times wrote:

The public disclosure of Mark Foley's behavior began with a Web site designed to expose "sex predators before they can get to our kids." (...) The unknown blogger posted copies of some of Foley's e-mails to a former page on Sept. 24. Four days later, ABC News published a story on its Web site about the e-mails after Foley's election opponent called for an investigation.


The Web site Radar describes the blog as a "pseudo-vigilante blog
filled with plagiarized, hastily-assembled posts, which no one seems to have heard
of, visited, or linked to before last week-and whose operator has a
suspiciously savvy grasp of the news cycle."


Stopsexpredators is on a Web site called Blogger that allows
anonymous, free blogs that can be manipulated so posts can be stamped with a different date and time than they were actually written.

No one responded to an e-mail address given on the blog, and a post
earlier this week indicates that the blogger does not plan to reveal his or her

IPBiz checked Alexa to see what Alexa says about IPBiz. The short answer is "nothing."

The website "Radar" (actually has some posts on the matter. For example, Radaronline was following up on "who" is behind "stopsexpredators" after someone tried to register the name:

A little investigating only raised more questions. A public records search turned up no evidence of an Andrew Seldon in Oregon, and a Radar operative who visited the address listed in the registry found no house or office, just "a tiny shotgun shack, no bigger than an outhouse, with no power line running to it" in a rural neighborhood of "rusting pickups, snarling dogs, moss-covered mailboxes, and ramshackle stables." Neighbors questioned said they had never heard of an Andrew Seldon.

Wally Roche of the LA Times has reported that a former Congressional page has stated he had sex with Foley: His sexual encounter was in the fall of 2000, he said. At the time, he was 21 and a graduate of a rural Northeastern college.

The former page "agreed to talk to The Times only if his identity was protected, because of his fear that exposure could hurt his job prospects."


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