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Web Site Operator Sounds Off On MD4Bush
The WBAL Channel ^ | 12/15/05 | WBAL-TV

Posted on 12/15/2005 3:52:26 PM PST by conservative in nyc

The operator of FreeRepublic.com has had little to say of the MD4Bush mystery -- until now.

WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller reported the operator of FreeRepublic.com holds the biggest clues to the identity of the Internet user MD4Bush. They include e-mail accounts and electronic log-in information.

The operator of the conservative Web site has not yet spilled all the beans, but he has made it clear that he believes he owes nothing to MD4Bush in terms of protecting privacy.

In a lengthy posting early Thursday morning, Jim Robinson, the operator of the California-based FreeRepublic.com, explained why he is now willing to allow information about the Internet user MD4Bush to become public.

Last October, MD4Bush used private e-mails on Free Republic's Web site to coax a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Joe Steffen, into discussing the personal life of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.

On Wednesday, relying on a source familiar with the postings, the 11 News I-Team revealed the e-mail addresses associated with the MD4Bush account. They include "ryanrock2004@yahoo.com," which was used to open the account. That address was then changed to "rodoherty@mddems.org," and then changed again to "brianwaverly@yahoo.com."

The O'Doherty e-mail address is the same one listed to Ryan O'Doherty at the time he worked for the Maryland Democratic Party. O'Doherty has denied any connection to MD4Bush.

The 11 News I-Team also learned Thursday of other changes to the MD4Bush account. Miller said that in addition to the e-mail registration address on the MD4Bush account, the sign-on password had changed twice -- once in October 2004 and a second time in mid-January this year, just weeks before the Steffen story broke.

In his posting Thursday, Robinson claimed MD4Bush breached the agreement with Free Republic, arguing that MD4Bush targeted Steffen from the start by ...

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: ehrlich; jimrob; md4bush; ncpac; odoherty; steffen
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Here's the WBAL-TV Story. It quotes post 70 from last night's story.

More at the link.

1 posted on 12/15/2005 3:52:29 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc
MD4Bush Ping!

Jim Robinson's statement from last night is here.

MD4Bush Primer
2 posted on 12/15/2005 3:54:39 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: NCPAC; MD4Bush; xcullen; Anti-Bubba182; Mo1; cyncooper; BillF; crushkerry; Howlin; backhoe; ...

MD4Bush Ping!


3 posted on 12/15/2005 3:55:18 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

4 posted on 12/15/2005 3:57:37 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: conservative in nyc
"..Robinson also suggested Thursday that federal privacy law may have been violated when a third party.."

Unlawful Access to Stored Communications 18 U.S.C. 2701.

"§ 2701. Unlawful Access to Stored Communications

(a) Offense.--Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section whoever–

(1) intentionally accesses without authorization a facility through which an electronic communication service is provided; or

(2) intentionally exceeds an authorization to access that facility; and thereby obtains, alters, or prevents authorized access to a wire or electronic communication while it is in electronic storage in such system shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section. "

Registration and User Agreement

"User Account Confidentiality: User agrees to protect user's account and password and not to disclose account information to any third party."

The WP did exceed an authorization to access FR by using anothers password(Forbidden under the Users Agreement which govern the access of users) to access FRmails and did not make any attempt to determine the rules of access to FR or presumably they would not have improperly used anothers password. They flat did violate section 2b of 18 U.S.C. 2701 in that they did not view, or observe the rules if they did view them. If the reporter was unaware of 2b of 18 U.S.C. 2701 it won't help. A professional at a large newspaper should know or should have asked.

5 posted on 12/15/2005 3:59:29 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Are you a lawyer, or do you just play one on the internet?


6 posted on 12/15/2005 4:02:00 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (You know you have bird flu if you have usual flu symptoms + desire to crap on freshly washed cars.)
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To: conservative in nyc

If you reach in a haystack and pull out a needle...What are the odds the haystack is loaded with needles?


7 posted on 12/15/2005 4:04:47 PM PST by labette ("Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled")
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To: Keith in Iowa

No, I looked up the law on a previous thread. I doubt if anything is done on this angle, but a federal prosecution would circumvent MD legislature footdragging and six covering.


8 posted on 12/15/2005 4:08:25 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: conservative in nyc

Interesting what a search of Bugmenot turns up for FR usernames & passwords.


9 posted on 12/15/2005 4:08:52 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

It would be delicious if Jim Robinson could win a lawsuit against the vile Washington Post. Delicious, and just.


10 posted on 12/15/2005 4:12:29 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: conservative in nyc; Jim Robinson
More:

In his posting Thursday, Robinson claimed MD4Bush breached the agreement with Free Republic, arguing that MD4Bush targeted Steffen from the start by directing the very first MD4Bush posting to Steffen.

He accused MD4Bush of planting false rumors on the Web site, an apparent reference to the new dirt MD4Bush added to the O'Malley rumor story.

Jim Robinson is right. Furthermore, Steffan did not play to those rumors; but rather attempted to pan them away, and down. Steffan wasn't playing. Nontheless, the mere FACT that a bear-trap had been laid for Steffan (and ultimately for Gov Erhlich), the trap came in PROXIMITY to Steffan was sufficient for the Democrats and WaPO to assert that Steffan was "guilty" of rumormongering.

11 posted on 12/15/2005 4:13:50 PM PST by Alia
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To: Alia

egads.. I've just outlined the classic "girl fight" script. And to think, it was schemed by the Democrats -- a girlish sort of "game". Yech!


12 posted on 12/15/2005 4:15:37 PM PST by Alia
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To: MizSterious

Ah, the very thought of the comPost having to pay JR.......delicious!!!!


13 posted on 12/15/2005 4:21:55 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: MizSterious

That would, but it would take a fortune to sue the WP. I was thinking more along the line of a criminal prosecution. I doubt if the feds would take an interest, but by my reading
there appears to have been a violation of law.


14 posted on 12/15/2005 4:22:37 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: martin_fierro

Interesting, isn't it? Some of those shared accounts appear to be active (.e.not "banned/suspended).


15 posted on 12/15/2005 4:23:19 PM PST by indcons
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To: conservative in nyc

"........@mddems.org,"


16 posted on 12/15/2005 4:35:29 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: martin_fierro

Account #24


???????????????????


17 posted on 12/15/2005 4:39:49 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: conservative in nyc

Thanks!


18 posted on 12/15/2005 5:03:16 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Anti-Bubba182

bttt


19 posted on 12/15/2005 5:05:01 PM PST by nopardons
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To: indcons

Remember, some of those shared accounts might not really be shared. Like Number 24. All it takes is one vindictive idiot to cast doubt about your good FReeper name.


20 posted on 12/15/2005 5:05:26 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: BenLurkin; indcons

Any FR username that appears on Bugmenot is presumptively (rebuttable) a troll.


21 posted on 12/15/2005 5:07:33 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Alia

Yep, middle school girl plot, yet done by supposed adult males.


22 posted on 12/15/2005 5:07:52 PM PST by nopardons
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To: MizSterious

Oh,the irony of that. May it be so!


23 posted on 12/15/2005 5:09:37 PM PST by twntaipan (MERRY CHRISTMAS WAS NOT A PROBLEM UNTIL THE DEMOCRATS MADE IT A PROBLEM)
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To: Keith in Iowa; All

He could have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express....


24 posted on 12/15/2005 5:13:44 PM PST by KevinDavis (http://www.cafepress.com/spacefuture)
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To: conservative in nyc

True enough but see post #21 too.


25 posted on 12/15/2005 5:18:04 PM PST by indcons
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To: martin_fierro; conservative in nyc

Very good chance of that...

However, conservative in NYC makes a related point in post #20 on this thread.


26 posted on 12/15/2005 5:21:04 PM PST by indcons
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To: conservative in nyc

bttt


27 posted on 12/15/2005 6:44:43 PM PST by lunarbicep (There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.)
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To: conservative in nyc

bttt


28 posted on 12/15/2005 8:00:38 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Travis McGee; Jim Robinson

It was indeed a bumper crop for Zot at FR this year. ;-)


29 posted on 12/15/2005 8:02:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
...a federal prosecution would circumvent MD legislature footdragging and six covering.

Don't look for much out of the gutless weasels in the DOJ.

30 posted on 12/15/2005 8:07:08 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are REALLY stupid.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I don't. If they ever do anything with the law it is not likely to involve the Washington Post or other big news outfit, whatever their violations.


31 posted on 12/15/2005 8:19:52 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Jim Robinson

Operator? You're an OPERATOR?

Well whoathunkit! ;)


32 posted on 12/15/2005 8:23:23 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!)
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To: Alia

You can't say that often enough. Steffan NEVER spread any rumors in any of the public threads, and I think I have read all of them. MD4BUSH tried to egg him on, and Steffan refused to bite.

The entire Washington Post story, that Steffan spread rumors about the Mayor of Baltimore or others, is a LIE. A big, fat lie. A setup that didn't work, yet they pretended it did. Even WBAL, which has written a number of factual stories on this scandal, has not always made that clear.


33 posted on 12/15/2005 8:49:34 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: blau993; ForOurFuture; Angry Republican; SoVaDPJ; KeepUSfree; beachn4fun; RebelBanker; sauropod
MARYLAND PING!

If you want on this ping list, please freepmail me!

34 posted on 12/15/2005 8:55:18 PM PST by ConservativeTerrapin (Lt. Gov. Michael Steele For Maryland Senate!)
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To: conservative in nyc

BFLR


35 posted on 12/15/2005 9:01:57 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: conservative in nyc

Bump for stupid Dems.


36 posted on 12/15/2005 9:06:11 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: Brad's Gramma; Jim Robinson
"Operator? You're an OPERATOR?"


37 posted on 12/15/2005 9:29:43 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast (You're it)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

One ringy dingy. Two ringy dingies...


38 posted on 12/15/2005 9:57:56 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: conservative in nyc
The O'Doherty e-mail address is the same one listed to Ryan O'Doherty at the time he worked for the Maryland Democratic Party. O'Doherty has denied any connection to MD4Bush.

There is a 'rat in that mousetrap

39 posted on 12/15/2005 10:15:03 PM PST by GeronL (Leftism is the INSANE Cult of the Artificial)
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To: conservative in nyc

BTTT...


40 posted on 12/15/2005 10:24:45 PM PST by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: KevinDavis

Or saved a whole lot of money, by switching his car insurance to GEIKO.


41 posted on 12/15/2005 11:08:30 PM PST by railsplitter (with extreme prejudice- destroy the enemy... foreign and domestic)
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To: GeronL

"You can't serve papers on a rat."

http://www.classicmovies.org/sounds/papersonarat.wav

"A rat writ, writ for a rat."

http://www.classicmovies.org/sounds/ratwrit.wav


42 posted on 12/15/2005 11:15:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

LOL. If it ain't this Ryan dude, then MD4Bush doesn't exist


43 posted on 12/15/2005 11:19:09 PM PST by GeronL (Leftism is the INSANE Cult of the Artificial)
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To: All

I have read just enough about this issue to know that it is serious and that there are two FR members who post here involved. I am curious and have a question. Each time someone posts a new thread about the issue, this is the common statement made in each post that describes the core of the matter.......

"Last October, MD4Bush used private e-mails on Free Republic's Web site to coax a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Joe Steffen, into discussing the personal life of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. "

So here's my question/confusion. If this MD4Bush person coaxed (or tricked) this Steffen person into discussing something he shouldn't have, why the preoccupation with finding out who MD4Bush is? Isn't who he is irrelevant? I would think that the focus would be on the other person (steffen) who allowed themself to be tricked into doing something they shouldn't have? Given his position, it seems rather odd to me that he would let his guard down and behave in such an unprofessional manner, especially on a website.

Can someone please clarifiy this for me so that I can understand?


44 posted on 12/16/2005 1:00:59 AM PST by Kimberly GG
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To: Kimberly GG

"Can someone please clarifiy this for me so that I can understand?"


I doubt that any one could, given what you have posted.


45 posted on 12/16/2005 2:02:03 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Jim Robinson

46 posted on 12/16/2005 2:34:09 AM PST by Watery Tart (To quote that great American orator: "Boy, is this great!")
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To: Kimberly GG
Actually, the coaxing didn't work. NCPAC didn't post anything damning. The scandal is that the Maryland Democrat Party and the Washington Post colluded in an attempt to entrap NCPAC into saying something against O'Malley. It didn't work, but they ran with it anyway, printing mostly lies. The mere association with FR and hints of being connected to a supposed rumor campaign on FR (there wasn't one) was apparently enough to do the trick. It's the Big Lie routine. By the way, the rumors actually started several years ago on the Baltimore Sun's readers forum. And some say O'Malley's wife was actually involved in spreading it.
47 posted on 12/16/2005 2:51:49 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Clarity BUMP!


48 posted on 12/16/2005 3:45:41 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Kimberly GG
why the preoccupation with finding out who MD4Bush is? Isn't who he is irrelevant? I would think that the focus would be on the other person (steffen) who allowed themself to be tricked

As Jim already pointed out, Steffen didn't rise to the bait -- but even if he had, why do you think that he ought to get in trouble for spreading false rumors, but not the person who was actually originating them (MD4BUSH)?

49 posted on 12/16/2005 4:21:23 AM PST by Sloth (Freedom of speech doesn't mean the rest of us have to shut up.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank you for the explanation! I see where my confusion lies as that bit of text is terribly misleading for someone not familiar with all that has happened. It should read,

"Last October, MD4Bush used private e-mails on Free Republic's Web site (IN AN ATTEMPT) or (IN AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT) to coax a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Joe Steffen, into discussing the personal life of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. "

The way it is currently written purposefully implies that Mr. Steffen is in the wrong.

Again, thank you for the clarification and for not minding that I asked.

Kimberly


50 posted on 12/16/2005 5:09:32 AM PST by Kimberly GG
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