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Secret Service Investigating Purported Ransom of Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns
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Posted on 09/05/2012 2:00:52 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Secret Service Investigating Purported Ransom of Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns

Someone claims to have stolen years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from a Tennessee office of the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Secret Service is investigating what appears to be a ransom scheme.

The local Democratic and Republican parties in Williamson County, Tenn., where the PricewaterhouseCoopers office is located, both received packages, each containing a thumb drive and a letter outlining a competitive-bidding ransom scheme that appears designed to pit Republicans and Democrats against each other over the release of Romney’s taxes.

The letters stated an intention to publish Romney’s tax returns on Sept. 28, unless $1 million is deposited in a Bitcoin (Internet currency) account, according to Williamson County Democratic Party Chairman Peter Burr, who said both he and his Williamson County GOP counterpart received similar packages.

The Secret Service took the package from him after the local GOP contacted authorities, Burr said. The Secret Service confirmed to ABC News that it is investigating the ransom scheme.

The apparent hackers presented “two options,” Burr said. “If somebody wanted to prevent the publication of these tax records, they needed to put a million dollars into this Bitcoin account…that was to prevent them from going ahead and publishing it on September 28th. Then they went on to say that if you want to ensure that this is published before September 28th, you have the option of contributing a million dollars to this other Bitcoin account … and if you win the race … the other side will not be able to prevent the publication.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012electionscandals; howtostealanelection; leaks; pwc; romney; romneytaxes; taxergate; taxers; taxes; taxgate
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1 posted on 09/05/2012 2:00:54 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow!The Dems are desperate.


2 posted on 09/05/2012 2:03:55 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: tapatio

SOP of the Chicago Alinsky communists.

Again.


3 posted on 09/05/2012 2:06:21 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: tapatio

Obama’s preferred tactic to “winning” is forced release of “scandalous” paperwork on the opposition.

Taxers are given more credibility by the DNC Media than “birthers”.


4 posted on 09/05/2012 2:07:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The guy who was going to stop the rise of the oceans now canÂ’t even fend off a few raindrops.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So the Dems can say that Romney was willing to pay a million to keep the info quiet?

This reeks of Obama and desperation.

BTW, Price Waterhouse calls bupkis on this.


5 posted on 09/05/2012 2:08:38 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Sub-Driver

hahhahaha...this is getting funny..they dont even know if its true. man.....


6 posted on 09/05/2012 2:13:42 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Sub-Driver

That is the problem with computers. Even children have access.


7 posted on 09/05/2012 2:15:33 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: tapatio
It's interesting that the RATs did not contact the authorities But the GOP did.
8 posted on 09/05/2012 2:15:50 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Sub-Driver
I see NOTHING, I hear NOTHING!


9 posted on 09/05/2012 2:20:14 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: dalebert
If true then one sort of crime is commited. If false then another sort of crime is commited.

Long overdue for the Secret Service to get involved in protecting the candidates.

Yesterday the newly elected Quebec premiere may have been subject to an assassination attack ~ which I'm sure woke these guys up even if Karl Rove didn't.

Now we have Romney being blackmailed.

It's rough at the top.

10 posted on 09/05/2012 2:26:59 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sub-Driver
As you might remember, Obama's only real competition, Jack Ryan, was defeated by an unauthorized release of records. Obama's backers found a California judge that would release the file on Ryan's child custody battle with his ex-wife. Both had agreed to release their divorce file, but not the child custody case.

There was no reason for the judge to open that file, other than politics. They had already been sealed by another judge, in the interest of the child.

Of course, Obama took the high road, saying "I don't think it's an appropriate topic for debate." But, if you truly believe he didn't know what was going on and coordinating with the attack dogs, I have a bridge in Chicago to sell you.

11 posted on 09/05/2012 2:28:16 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Sub-Driver

Are the democrats still screaming for Romney to release his tax returns?


12 posted on 09/05/2012 2:30:55 PM PDT by Terry Mross (2016 THE MOVIE....scarier than any zombie movie.)
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To: Sub-Driver

There’s no one to blame for falling into this trap except for Romney and his backers in the primary. It is absolutely unacceptable for a candidate to try to keep secrets which could damage his candidacy if leaked. Everyone should have demanded his returns be published before he was given the nomination. I damn sure have no interest in losing the presidency just so Mitt can selfishly try to keep his tax returns secret at the risk of our party, the White House and the country. Keeping Mitt’s tax returns isn’t that important to me and shouldn’t be that important to him or anyone else. If the information in them would damage his candidacy, then he has an obligation to let us know. And if they wouldn’t, then he has nothing to lose by releasing them.

Bottom line is I don’t trust Mitt. Only an extremely naive, ignorant individual who was unaware of his record in politics and in Massachusetts could trust him. So I don’t believe Romney’s line that the Democrats will simply “twist” what’s in his tax returns to make it sound bad. And I’m very angry that he’s setting our party up for failure in the election by waiting for these to leak out at potentially the worst possible time.


13 posted on 09/05/2012 2:41:26 PM PDT by JediJones (Upcoming Democrat Presidential Primary: Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
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To: justlurking

I couldn’t care less how the information gets out. If Jack Ryan was taking his wife to group sex clubs and running for office on the hopes that it didn’t leak out, he shouldn’t be considered an acceptable nominee by our party. He should have told us that in the primary and let us decide if it mattered or not. Lord knows if we had information like that on Obama or any other Democrat, we would use it, and rightfully so. If you don’t think Jack Ryan’s private habits should be known to the voters then you must have also opposed when Drudge released the Monica Lewinsky information.


14 posted on 09/05/2012 2:45:28 PM PDT by JediJones (Upcoming Democrat Presidential Primary: Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
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To: muawiyah

I dont think Romeny has anything to hide. its about inventing storys.


15 posted on 09/05/2012 2:50:57 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver. Joe the Plumber ping.


16 posted on 09/05/2012 2:52:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: a fool in paradise
Obama’s preferred tactic to “winning” is forced release of “scandalous” paperwork on the opposition.

Amazing, isn't it?

17 posted on 09/05/2012 2:55:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 62 days away.)
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To: JediJones

I think even if Romney had released his tax returns, the dems would have found something else that he “must disclose “. These guys, even if it is a prank, should spend some time in jail, though they could be Nigerians for all we know.


18 posted on 09/05/2012 2:57:19 PM PDT by virgil
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To: tapatio

Is Lex Luthor behind this?

Let ‘em publish the damned thing. Whatever is on it is on it.


19 posted on 09/05/2012 3:26:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, what’s Julian Assange up to these days?


20 posted on 09/05/2012 3:41:17 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Sub-Driver

So, what’s Julian Assange up to these days?


21 posted on 09/05/2012 3:41:17 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL

How do you “ransom” a tax return ???


22 posted on 09/05/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: dalebert
It's not really like inventing stories ~ they demanded money. That's a crime all by itself that DOES NOT DEPEND ON THE TRUTH OF THE EVENT.

Title 18 USC has something in there about that ~ there are, as it turns out, NO NEW ways to steal. Crooks have thought of all of them several times, which is why we invariably have laws against whatever it is they are doing.

Romney can't let these guys get off lightly ~ the crime is against the rest of us as well.

Same as that Rove thing. It's not really up to Akin to forgive him and forget about it. There's a real crime and it must be punished!

23 posted on 09/05/2012 3:50:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

oh crp..akin again...


24 posted on 09/05/2012 3:52:54 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert
Not really ~ it's about criminals being allowed to get away with felonies just so the Democrat convention isn't disturbed.

This is what you get when you run RINOs or Democrat toadies for public office under the Republican label these days.

25 posted on 09/05/2012 3:57:10 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sub-Driver

Bogus story.


26 posted on 09/05/2012 4:01:18 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: OpusatFR

well I dont think Romney was willing to pay


27 posted on 09/05/2012 4:13:03 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Sub-Driver

Just another empty chair threat.


28 posted on 09/05/2012 4:23:03 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Terry Mross
“Are the democrats still screaming for Romney to release his tax returns?”

Nope, they mysteriously went silent over them a few weeks ago.

http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/anonymous-group-allegedly-hacked-romney-tax-records-franklin-firm

29 posted on 09/05/2012 4:35:09 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Sub-Driver

They say subterranean termites are responsible for the greatest amount of property damage in the US. I’d think democrats rank somewhere above termites.


30 posted on 09/05/2012 4:40:25 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: JediJones
<>if we had information like that on Obama or any other Democrat, we would use it,

You really think so? LOL

31 posted on 09/05/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: JediJones
If you don’t think Jack Ryan’s private habits should be known to the voters then you must have also opposed when Drudge released the Monica Lewinsky information.

Apparently, my point sailed right over your head.

That information was sealed by the court. Even Ryan's ex-wife wanted to keep it sealed. Another judge broke the seal, for no reason other than to embarrass Ryan and help Obama.

Clinton's dalliance with Lewinsky was not under court seal. But as far as I'm concerned, he crossed the line only when he threatened other women to keep quiet, and especially when he committed perjury and lied about it under oath.

This particular threat against Romney is probably a hoax. But if it isn't, I doubt Obama is directly involved -- he would have to be an idiot to not maintain plausible deniability. But, it was almost certainly someone in his reelection campaign, and I hope Obama remembers what happened to Nixon when he tried to cover up a two-bit burglary that he didn't authorize or even know about.

32 posted on 09/05/2012 4:50:13 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am waiting for the dude/dudet that steals the college transcripts, the real immigration papers and passports, previous security clearances and the volumes of FBI/CIA documents relating to the Communist in Chief and his family members.

Trying to prove Mitt Romney is a real rich guy is a ho hum to me.


33 posted on 09/05/2012 6:37:16 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: justlurking

It was the Chicago Tribune and WLS television.


34 posted on 09/05/2012 6:44:59 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
It was the Chicago Tribune and WLS television.

I rest my case. :-)

35 posted on 09/05/2012 6:46:43 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Terry Mross

A new ad supposedly came out this week.


36 posted on 09/05/2012 7:31:18 PM PDT by PghBaldy (The DNC asks that instead of applause, people wave their legs in the air.)
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To: tsowellfan
Not true. Ad from yesterday:

http://thehill.com/video/campaign/247349-obama-campaign-continues-to-harp-on-mitt-romneys-tax-returns-in-new-ad

37 posted on 09/05/2012 7:35:14 PM PDT by PghBaldy (The DNC asks that instead of applause, people wave their legs in the air.)
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To: PghBaldy
Well yeah, of course the Obama campaign would do that to avoid it looking conspicuous.

Harry Reid actually admitted in public that he knows who hs seen Romney's tax returns.

38 posted on 09/05/2012 7:41:32 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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39 posted on 09/05/2012 8:13:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Release PFC Bradley Manning and he’ll have it in a week. Just make sure to tell him that Mr. Obama, as a Muslim, wants all gays beheaded.


40 posted on 09/05/2012 8:16:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Sub-Driver

thought this was denied earlier?


41 posted on 09/05/2012 8:38:12 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Sub-Driver

I doubt there is anything bad in the returns but they can imply things if they claim to have seen them ..they dont need truth on their side. ..


42 posted on 09/05/2012 8:40:15 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: justlurking
That information was sealed by the court. Even Ryan's ex-wife wanted to keep it sealed. Another judge broke the seal, for no reason other than to embarrass Ryan and help Obama.

You missed my point, which was that the issue of how the information comes out is irrelevant. The onus still remains entirely on the candidate who risks his party's victory in the election on his ability to keep something he did secret that would severely impact his ability to win at the ballot box.

43 posted on 09/05/2012 10:48:09 PM PDT by JediJones (Upcoming Democrat Presidential Primary: Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
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To: JediJones

This

There’s no one to blame for falling into this trap except for Romney and his backers in the primary. It is absolutely unacceptable for a candidate to try to keep secrets which could damage his candidacy if leaked. Everyone should have demanded his returns be published before he was given the nomination. I damn sure have no interest in losing the presidency just so Mitt can selfishly try to keep his tax returns secret at the risk of our party, the White House and the country. Keeping Mitt’s tax returns isn’t that important to me and shouldn’t be that important to him or anyone else. If the information in them would damage his candidacy, then he has an obligation to let us know. And if they wouldn’t, then he has nothing to lose by releasing them.

Bottom line is I don’t trust Mitt. Only an extremely naive, ignorant individual who was unaware of his record in politics and in Massachusetts could trust him. So I don’t believe Romney’s line that the Democrats will simply “twist” what’s in his tax returns to make it sound bad. And I’m very angry that he’s setting our party up for failure in the election by waiting for these to leak out at potentially the worst possible time.

YEP


44 posted on 09/05/2012 11:06:00 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: JediJones
The onus still remains entirely on the candidate who risks his party's victory in the election on his ability to keep something he did secret that would severely impact his ability to win at the ballot box.

What if he didn't actually do it? What if his wife's lawyer claimed that he did it? And he wasn't aware of it?

Point being, Ryan can't be held responsible for what his wife's lawyer entered into the divorce record.

45 posted on 09/05/2012 11:06:18 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: JediJones
Bottom line is I don’t trust Mitt.

Therein lies your problem in this particular regard.

Were you aware that Romney's assets have been in a "blind trust" since 2002 -- when he was elected governor of Massachusetts?

Meaning that all of his financial arrangements and tax returns are in the hands of a fiduciary and are legal to the Nth degree. He gets a quarterly report on the status of his assets and a quarterly estimated tax return. And that has been the case for ten years now. There cannot be anything to hide -- unless his fiduciary is stealing from him.

46 posted on 09/05/2012 11:24:14 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who cares about silly tax returns?

Nobody gives a flying yahoo if the current President is even a legal American, then nobody will start anything even if Romney does have dirty laundry, besides if the remove Romney somehow then Sarah Palin will probably be talked about stepping up.

Cut bait or fish, Romney or Sarah Palin? I hope the commie-dems have a good long thought about that, which of course they lack the skills to perform.


47 posted on 09/05/2012 11:33:48 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off, and they must be looking for a fuse box, ‘cause them flashlights, they keep me awake. “
—Forrest Gump: [in the Watergate hotel; on phone with security]


48 posted on 09/06/2012 4:18:44 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: newfreep; Sub-Driver

If they trace the owner of the account where the money is to be deposited, do you think they will find it belongs to Zippy?


49 posted on 09/06/2012 5:35:41 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: JediJones

Are you kidding?

I think Romney knows there is nothing in the tax returns.

And I think he knew they would be stolen and released.
I think he counted on it to put the scandal on the Democrats for the theft.

I’ve been saying for 5 YEARS that if Obama were a Republican, his birth certificate and college transcripts would have been stolen and released.

I don’t fear or care about Romney’s tax returns.

I just want to know: WHERE ARE *OUR* HACKERS AND BURGLARS???


50 posted on 09/06/2012 9:53:30 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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