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I-Team Uncovers MD4Bush E-Mail Addresses
The WBAL Channel ^ | 12/14/05 | WBAL-TV

Posted on 12/14/2005 5:13:35 PM PST by conservative in nyc

The WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has uncovered new information surrounding the mysterious Web user known as MD4Bush.

In private e-mail exchanges, MD4Bush coaxed Joe Steffen, a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, into discussing rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's personal life on the conservative Web site, FreeRepublic.com.

The 11 News I-Team has uncovered e-mail addresses used to register the MD4Bush account on the Free Republic Web site. The 11 News I-Team does not know who opened the MD4Bush account.

According to a source familiar with the MD4Bush postings, the e-mail address used in October 2004 to open the MD4Bush account is: ryanrock2004@yahoo.com.

Sources said that e-mail address was later changed to rodoherty@mddems.org, then changed for a third time to brianwaverly@yahoo.com. That third e-mail address remains as the address registered on the Free Republic account, which remains open.

Free Republic Web founder Jim Robinson refused to publicly disclose the electronic trail of MD4Bush; however, he authorized a statement weeks ago, as follows:

"Free Republic has evidence that an mddems.org e-mail address is associated with the MD4Bush account. This is not just coincidence," Free Republic spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor said.

According to Free Republic, anyone who has the password to the MD4Bush account could change the e-mail registration address at any time. It is not known how many people may have had access to that password.

MD4Bush used e-mails to coax former gubernatorial aide Joe Steffen into discussing rumors on a conservative Web site about the personal life of Baltimore's mayor. The e-mail address information obtained does not shed light on the actual users of the MD4Bush account, nor does it reveal whether someone attached the Ryan O'Doherty e-mail address to the account without his knowledge.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: ehrlich; fr; md4bush; ncpac; odoherty; omalley; ryanodoherty; steffen
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1 posted on 12/14/2005 5:13:35 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: NCPAC; MD4Bush; xcullen; Anti-Bubba182; Mo1; cyncooper; BillF; crushkerry; Howlin; backhoe; ...
MD4Bush Ping!

Someone needs to tell WBAL-TV that Kristinn's not a woman.
2 posted on 12/14/2005 5:15:00 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

ping!


3 posted on 12/14/2005 5:15:02 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: conservative in nyc

What exactly is the problem? I'm missing the point.


4 posted on 12/14/2005 5:18:09 PM PST by Frank T
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To: conservative in nyc
I imagine it's going to come as quite a surprise to Kristinn that he's actually a woman.
5 posted on 12/14/2005 5:18:40 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: highlander_UW
I imagine it's going to come as quite a surprise to Kristinn that he's actually a woman.

LOL. So much for truth in reporting......

6 posted on 12/14/2005 5:21:55 PM PST by ScreamingFist ( The RKBA doesn't apply if I have a bigger gun than your bodyguard. NRA)
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To: Frank T
Basically, MD4Bush baited FReeper NCPAC (a.k.a. Joseph Steffen, an aide to Maryland Governor Ehrlich (R)) into discussing rumors about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's (D) alleged affairs. Some of these conversations were via FReepmail, which was turned over to the Washington Post. The original articles were rather one sided, accusing NCPAC of spreading rumors on Free Republic when he did nothing more than commented on them. Steffen was fired in real life. And we've been trying to figure out who MD4Bush was ever since. Most evidence now points to Ryan O'Doherty, who was spokesman for the Maryland Democrat party at the time the rumors were spread. And MD4Bush himself was spreading rumors about the Baltimore mayor, Senator Mikulski(D) and other Democrats in his baiting attempts.

More in the primer.
7 posted on 12/14/2005 5:24:37 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: Frank T
I've been following this story for a long time. It's STILL clear as mud to me. Someday, someone will post a concise, clearly written paragraph on this plot which will enlighten us all. The poster will also untangle the tangled cast of characters.

Actually, I imagine most freepers like myself have become bored with this intrigue because they don't know what the heck went on or is still going on. I don't think anyone cares a hoot anymore.

Leni

8 posted on 12/14/2005 5:26:39 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: conservative in nyc

So, what are they going to do, bust us all out? I'd like to see them get me fired. I think we should start tracking some of these guys down and posting their personal details. Good for the goose etc.


9 posted on 12/14/2005 5:28:41 PM PST by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
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To: conservative in nyc; kristinn; Jim Robinson
"Free Republic has evidence that an mddems.org e-mail address is associated with the MD4Bush account. This is not just coincidence," Free Republic spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor said.

Someone needs to do some fact-checking... :-)

10 posted on 12/14/2005 5:33:15 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: conservative in nyc

Thanks, this is big stuff!!


11 posted on 12/14/2005 5:33:21 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: highlander_UW

LOLOL......oh boy!!! er girl, er whatever!


12 posted on 12/14/2005 5:37:09 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Gondring

Don’t be too hard them. At least WBAL, both TV and radio have been the lone voice in Maryland continually dogging this story… other stations..cricket….cricket….cricket


13 posted on 12/14/2005 5:38:03 PM PST by Caramelgal (My Tag Line is "Tag You're It")
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To: MinuteGal

conservative in nyc did an excellent job of explaining the story.


14 posted on 12/14/2005 5:38:19 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: conservative in nyc

He shore has purdy lips tho.


15 posted on 12/14/2005 5:38:27 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: conservative in nyc

If all of this is accurate, that would be most of what FR was in a position to know about the identity of MD4Bush.


16 posted on 12/14/2005 5:39:21 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: windcliff

ping


17 posted on 12/14/2005 5:40:13 PM PST by stylecouncilor
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To: Anti-Bubba182
IP addresses, too.

Y'all should check out the video on the site. It's obvious that the additional "PC-ification" of the Kristinn's identity came from the web editor, since the actual quote shown on the screen says "spokesperson." Also, the video points out that our boy Ryan was the tech person at mddems.org, in charge of e-mail addresses, etc.

18 posted on 12/14/2005 5:43:00 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Frank T

Dirty tricks.


19 posted on 12/14/2005 5:45:56 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Gondring

These Maryland Dems got the idea from me....probably.

I posted at DNC Kick Ass a remark after they got Saddaam that was reported on FOX News Channel and multiple sources as coming from a Democrat.

Just do a google search of my name and you will see what I posted. It made national news as part of the Dem meltdown.


20 posted on 12/14/2005 5:50:50 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (9-11 is your Peace Dividend)
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To: conservative in nyc
Free Republic spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor

Oops.

21 posted on 12/14/2005 5:53:38 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: Erik Latranyi
The gloom was even deeper over on the Democratic National Committee's online forum. Pam Bergren writes -- "I personally don't care too much that Hussein was caught -- he never did anything to me." Someone named Marsh says -- "This is supposed to be a war on terror, not a war on tyranny." And Erik Latranyi says it -- "takes the 'failure to capture' issue off the table. ... what is left? Oh, yes, the capture of Bin Laden. If that happens, we are completely sunk."

LOL! You're smooth.
22 posted on 12/14/2005 5:54:52 PM PST by TeenagedConservative
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To: Gondring
spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor

I read the excerpt and shrugged. "Damn," I thought to myself, "I thought Kristinn was a man."

Then my mind recalls actually SEEING pics of Kristinn and damn, they were pics of a MAN. I shrug again. "Maybe I was looking at the wrong person," I think. "Maybe there was a woman in the picture."

Will I ever learn not to trust these "journalists" with the facts?

23 posted on 12/14/2005 5:56:02 PM PST by Fishtalk (Pop Culture and Political Pundit-http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: TeenagedConservative
LOL! You're smooth.

Sometimes, too smooth for my own good.

Do you know what it's like to be known by friends and family as a die-hard conservative and to have your post reported on national news as coming from a liberal?!

24 posted on 12/14/2005 5:57:46 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (9-11 is your Peace Dividend)
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To: Gondring
I'm sure the IP addresses on all MD4Bush activities are logged. What is different here is the disclosure of the additional email addresses.

"..According to a source familiar with the MD4Bush postings, the e-mail address used in October 2004 to open the MD4Bush account is: ryanrock2004@yahoo.com..."

In order to activate a password a valid email is necessary, but the IP of the computer would remain the same. What MD4Bush did to conceal himself would only work in a case where the administrator of a site was not sufficiently interested in tracking him down.

The FR feature that allows changeing e-mail registration address at any time is for the convenience of the users and won't help conceal the identity of the computer the posts were made from.

25 posted on 12/14/2005 5:58:20 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Bahbah
Free Republic spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor

This embarrassing mistake could have been avoided if the reporter had just opted for the gender-neutral, politically correct title "spokesperson."
26 posted on 12/14/2005 5:59:27 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Eaker; Flyer; TheMom; stevie_d_64
This is not just coincidence," Free Republic spokeswoman Kristinn Taylor said.

What she say?

Giving orders to folks who don't work for you seems to make one a wimmin.

I kind of figured.

27 posted on 12/14/2005 6:01:27 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: conservative in nyc

Excellent post.

To all, be sure to view the video story (maybe a couple of times to catch the complex links to the all the players).

For his good work in getting Steffen fired, Ryan O'Doherty has been rewarded with a no-compete appointment to a newly created position with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, which is associated with Baltimore city hall.


28 posted on 12/14/2005 6:01:28 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: conservative in nyc
Does this get us any closer to the identity of MD4Bush?

If so, how?

29 posted on 12/14/2005 6:02:47 PM PST by evad
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To: conservative in nyc
Sources said that e-mail address was later changed to rodoherty@mddems.org, then changed for a third time to brianwaverly@yahoo.com. That third e-mail address remains as the address registered on the Free Republic account, which remains open.

When was the 3rd email changed ... after the article???

30 posted on 12/14/2005 6:06:06 PM PST by Mo1 (Message to Democrats .... We do not surrender and run from a fight !!)
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To: evad
My reply above and the WBAL story itself (especially his no-comment responses to reporters) point to O'Doherty as a player in this. But we (FR readers) don't know his part, or (if someone used his email without his knowledge) even if he is directly implicated.
31 posted on 12/14/2005 6:10:28 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: Fishtalk; kristinn
Then my mind recalls actually SEEING pics of Kristinn and damn, they were pics of a MAN. I shrug again. "Maybe I was looking at the wrong person," I think. "Maybe there was a woman in the picture."

No offense, Kristinn, but you're the ugliest woman I've ever seen! ;-D

32 posted on 12/14/2005 6:11:27 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: Anti-Bubba182
I'm sure the IP addresses on all MD4Bush activities are logged. What is different here is the disclosure of the additional email addresses.

That was my point.

The other information would be what IP addresses were associated with those logins....possibly from the Dems' cave? That would show it wasn't just someone using RyDo's e-mail address, but ...

In order to activate a password a valid email is necessary, but the IP of the computer would remain the same. What MD4Bush did to conceal himself would only work in a case where the administrator of a site was not sufficiently interested in tracking him down.

Exactly.

33 posted on 12/14/2005 6:13:47 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: conservative in nyc

bump


34 posted on 12/14/2005 6:14:31 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping List Freepmail me if you want on or off this ping list.)
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To: Mo1

That's what I kept waiting to hear in the video...but they didn't explicitly say.


35 posted on 12/14/2005 6:14:33 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: conservative in nyc; DocRock; kristinn
Someone needs to tell WBAL-TV that Kristinn's not a woman...
Courtesy of DocRock:



Click to Watch 2 mb Video

DC Chapter Warlord, Mr. Kristinn Taylor

36 posted on 12/14/2005 6:15:02 PM PST by RonDog
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To: conservative in nyc

I am fortunate to have met Kristinn in 2000 and he's no woman, but a good guy!


37 posted on 12/14/2005 6:16:43 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Again, the video is very good...and in the video, it says "spokesperson."

But more than that, I encourage all FReepers to check out the video for the "plot thickens" elements. :-)


38 posted on 12/14/2005 6:17:04 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: conservative in nyc
There is a lesson in this intriguing tale.

Everything published on FreeRepublic, whether public or private, is preserved and is ultimately part of the public record.

Your utterances will be available to your friends, your enemies, your children and their children.

39 posted on 12/14/2005 6:17:09 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: RonDog

That is one ugly woman!


40 posted on 12/14/2005 6:17:26 PM PST by kristinn
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To: CedarDave
"..(if someone used his email without his knowledge).."

Why would anyone do that? Steffen was a GOP operative that they wanted to get. I don't see any possible advantage to "frame" O'Doherty, though I would not be surprised if he claimed that.

The use of the first mail drop shows an intent to hide his identity. The use of the regular email was most likely laziness or possibly because he forgot the password to the maildrop or, more stupidly, used the FR password for the mail drop and wanted to delete it.

41 posted on 12/14/2005 6:19:05 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: conservative in nyc
I wonder, if given a few more weeks, the "The WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team" could uncover the fact that Kristinn is a manly man rather than a spokeswoman?
42 posted on 12/14/2005 6:19:31 PM PST by msnimje (http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_blog.php .. VOTE FOR MALKIN (everyday) -- DON'T LET KOS WIN!!)
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To: CedarDave
..point to O'Doherty as a player in this.

Yes..I was just wondering if this info helps tighten the noose in any way.

Since none of the MSM are interested (it doesn't fit their profile), and law enforcement isn't interested, it's beginning to look like this character is going to skate.

43 posted on 12/14/2005 6:20:52 PM PST by evad
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To: evad
Does it get us closer to the identity of MD4Bush? Well, we have the e-mail addresses, but no way of knowing who owns the Yahoo addresses. I've found nothing on a Google, Google Groups or Yahoo search using those addresses.

There's a lot of evidence pointing to Ryan O'Doherty as MD4Bush, but no absolute proof that he was MD4Bush - yet. ryanrock2004@yahoo.com is another link to a guy named Ryan as MD4Bush.
44 posted on 12/14/2005 6:21:39 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

Thank you sooo much, conservative in nyc, for staying on top of this and posting updates. Yes, ever since the last big headline, I've been wondering where's the boot landing next!. MDDEMS... Hmph.


45 posted on 12/14/2005 6:22:31 PM PST by Alia
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To: conservative in nyc

Bookmark


46 posted on 12/14/2005 6:22:41 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: kristinn

Excellent interview you gave to Neil Cavuto. Points you made eleven months ago regarding upcoming Iraqi elections, the lack of positive new media coverage and failure of the Bush administration to effectively communicate our successes in Iraq are as true today as when you gave the interview (the day before the Bush second inauguration).


47 posted on 12/14/2005 6:25:59 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: nunya bidness

MD shenanigans ping to you, nunya...


48 posted on 12/14/2005 6:27:30 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn

:o)


49 posted on 12/14/2005 6:31:30 PM PST by RonDog
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To: CedarDave
Excellent interview you gave to Neil Cavuto. Points you made eleven months ago...
Ooops!
I forgot to identify that clip as an OLD video of kristinn on TV...

50 posted on 12/14/2005 6:33:02 PM PST by RonDog
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