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May 24, 2011

Creep Who Leaked Mansour's Tweets Revealed

Wanted to get paid, huh? Classy.

Someone tried to get paid by Ben Smith, who apparently decided, "But you don't have anything except creepiness and malice."

Same guy? I'm not... sure. I'se gots a guesstimation on that, though.

"Does Politico pay for exclusives? Cause I'm looking to sell. I have 122 direct messages from Sarah Palin staffer Rebecca Mansour," the person emailed, eventually sending along sample direct messages identical to a couple the Caller posted. They were forwarded from the account of one improbably named Toki de la Vega, a contributor to some pro-Palin sites, though there was a man's name attached to one of the tweets as well.

I responded with a counter-offer of lunch and "undying gratitude."

"Sorry, Ben, but it's going to take more than a happy meal and a hand shake to get me to betray someone's confidence. Only freshly printed 100 dollar bills help me get over feelings of guilt," wrote the emailer, who continued, "Would it violate some fake journalistic ethics and standards to get me in contact someone who does pay? I know that the thought of blogging about this is making your panties wet. The topics range from Chuck Hagel to Ricky Hollywood and everything else in between. It's a f***ing blogger's gold mine."

Oh, Ben Smith recontacted him today. He said he was just kidding back then.

Let me shake the Magic Plausibility 8-Ball...

HIGHLY PLAUSIBLE.

So, there you go. Toki was just kidding.

It is a blogger's gold mine, but not in the way you think, Toki.

Thanks to curious. Actually: Thanks to mrp.

Clarification: Smith did offer him lunch and "undying gratitude" to see the tweets, which isn't really all that surprising. A reporter would want to see them. To see if there's anything there.

There isn't.

And then steps in the Daily Caller, apparently the publisher of last resort for desperate creeps looking to get paid a couple hundred dollars for tawdry email hacks about nobodies and about nothing.



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