You remember the story of Debbie Palfrey, the California resident accused by the feds of running a call-girl ring in Washington DC? With hints of ties to Abramoff, Cunningham, Dusty Foggo, the Shirlington Limousine Service run by MZM and Mitchell Wade? Remember that she was threatening to sell 46 pounds of phone records to the highest bidder, and the court ordered her not to do it?
Well, since she couldn’t sell them, it appears she gave them away for free, to ABC news.
Palfrey has hinted that well-known people in Washington were among her clients from 1993 to 2006, but has not named any. Asked whether ABC News could identify former clients, Sibley said, “Records were turned over unconditionally to them. They’re going to do what they’re going to do. Who knows?”
So much for preventing interference with an ongoing investigation. This would make a great reality TV show: if ABC has any guts at all, this should be their headline story every day between now and the 2008 elections. Every single episode could have the exact same format: name a public figure, interveiw the “escort” who serviced that public figure, condemn prostitution and the damage it does to our nation’s families. Parting shot of the public figure getting in a black limo, white text over freeze frame: “John McCain had no comment for ABC news.” After that public figure resigns in shame, open the next day’s news with coverage of the resignation, and then introduce the next lucky customer.
Anyone want to bet $100 that Tom DeLay is one of her customers? How about Denny Hastert? Joe Lieberman? How about, say, Rumsfeld, or Kyle Sampson, or Mark Foley…
ABC should run their story. And then they should release every single page to the public.