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Little-Known Blog Exposed Foley Scandal Before Media

The first individual to expose the scandal surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley’s emails and instant messages with underage congressional pages may not have been ABC’s Brian Ross, but rather a little-known blog called Stop Sex Predators. The new site, which appears to have been launched in July, posted a piece on the abundance of “skinterns” (interns in Washington who wear revealing outfits to work) in early September. On Sept. 21, the site posted emails from readers, alleging that Foley is “a danger to any young, slightly attractive young man on The Hill.” On Sept. 24, the blog posted the now-ubiquitous emails Foley sent to a 16-year-old page, one asking how old the page was and another requesting a photo.

The as-yet-anonymous owner of the site — who has received threatening correspondence via the blog and other media — responded to frequent media requests for an interview with a post on his/her blog. “Maybe I’m not so happy that so many people are coming to this blog site,” the post read. “I’m not interested in media interviews. Thank you for your interest, but if you were doing your job to begin with, Mark Foley would have been exposed a long time ago. Instead of wanting to do a story about this blog, how about covering the fact that the media sat on this story for over a year. You’re as bad as the Congressional Leadership that covered for Foley.”

The blog’s owner did, however, give some insight as to who he or she is not: “I am not Karl Rove, Mark Foley, or John Boehner. I am not employed in Democratic politics. I am not ‘funded’ by George Soros. I’m nobody that anybody should care about. So, please, go about your day as if I don’t exist.”

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