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Who Leaked The Sexy Sanford Emails?

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Desire!On Friday night the New York Times, a well-known snarky DC gossip blog, suggested that a guy who briefly dated Mark Sanford’s ladyfriend may have leaked a bunch of emails to Sanford’s hometown newspaper. But now Sanford’s ladyfriend is denying it, saying that the accused leaker in question “is an excellent, respectable and honorable man incapable of making anything similar to that.” So who is responsible for sharing these embarrassing emails with the world?

The State says they received five emails between Sanford and his mistress, pasted into a single message and sent from an AOL account in the UK. That right there is completely implausible, as no AOL user is savvy enough to hack somebody’s personal email account, hit “copy” and “paste,” and then send the information to the appropriate news source.

Was the mole one of the many South Carolina Republicans who despise Mark Sanford? Could it have been Jenny Sanford, who decided that she hated her husband just that much that she was willing to put herself and her kids through this circus just to mess with him? Or is it all evil Mitt Romney, the only Republican presidential contender with a smooth plastic pelvis that ensures he will never be unfaithful? Stay tuned, etc.

Thank you to Wonkette Trashy Romance Novel Operative “Gentry” for the thrilling cover image.

Argentine Man Is Said to Be Source of Sanford E-Mail [New York Times]
Woman Linked to Sanford Comments on E-Mail [New York Times]
How Mark Sanford’s affair blew up [The State]

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  • ManchuCandidate

    I think the phone number 867-5309 is pretty big clue.

  • choinski

    This is making María Belén Chapur’s bosoms heave with denial.

  • AxmxZ

    It was Kaiser Sose.

  • hobospacejunkie

    I’m going with D) a former Sanford lover/staffer copied & sent the dirty, dirty messages, after discovering that Sanford was cheating on her, Mistress #1, by diddling & cybering Mistress #2 (Argentine hottie.) Mistress #1 probably walked in on a sweaty, half-naked Sanford furiously choking his chicken while cyber-sexing Mistress #2.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Blame Canada.

  • 4tehlulz

    Me on the left.

  • WadISay

    From the UK? Margaret Thatcher. She’s still sore about the Falklands.

    Nice job, “Gentry,” but shouldn’t we have a little more weeping?

  • germansteel

    This was all summed up perfectly a long time ago by somebody who was good at coining phrases. It goes something like “Hell hath no furries….” or whatever.

    Jen seems the type to me. And, I say that in an approving way.

  • RightLies

    I’d look for that joker who hacked into Caribou Barbie’s emails…

  • Mahousu

    I see The State is now upping the ante:

    And more names of women were coming in over the transom. The total was at three and counting.

    “Women?!” Davis responded, sounding incredulous. “Women?!”

    I’m not sure whether Davis was surprised by the number or the gender.

  • TGY

    saying that the accused leaker in question “is an excellent, respectable and honorable man

    Hah! Hah-hah. Hell hath no email spam like a man scorned.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Exactly how many people were these two dating?

  • Sussemilch

    Golly he must be such a swell dad for the family to give him a relaxing vacation in Argentina on father’s day.

  • sarahconnor

    You said leak!~ jejejeje!

  • Servo

    Two words: Warrantless Wiretapping.

  • finallyhappy

    I believe in newspapers but the fact that a newspaper as badly written as The State still exists
    proves that South Carolinians are illiterate.

  • S.Luggo

    “And more names of women were coming in over the transom. The total was at three and counting.”

    3 + Maria. Are there any more countries left in South America to satiate Sanford’s lust loins?

  • Kaylub

    Sandford’s presidential aspirations need not be abandoned. Just use that image as a campaign poster. Let’s see Mitt beat that.

  • Uncle Glenny

    Oh come on. It’s obvious it was all Obama’s doing; some CIA operatives did it on the way to Honduras. With all the recent broken bones, deaths, and exposed affairs, even Rush isn’t going to tell the *whole* truth.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=350246]Sussemilch[/re]: I wonder if his kids are gonna revoke his #1 Dad mug.

  • PsycGirl

    Lindsey Graham leaked them after his bromance with Sanford didn’t go as far as he’d hoped.

  • FormerDCite

    Rush told me Obama sent them after making Mark Sanford cheat.

  • Gopherit

    After the 5 or so interviews she gave this weekend, I have no doubt Jenny Sanford was behind it. If the republicans picked the candidates’ wives to run instead of the candidates, they’d be a lot more formidable opponents, and not a bunch of mouth-breathing, stall-trawling boy-fuckers.

  • PerhapsSo

    God bless Gentry and Sara K. Smith for bringing us that image. It’s the only thing getting me through Monday morning.

  • Paul Tardy

    Ok, I confess, It was me, I leaked the emails. Can we move onto a new topic now. Like the Walibi convention Anthrocon 2009 Pittsburg PA like this weekend if I am working my calendar right. I can’t make it because it is a waste of my time, but Wonkette has interns that have nothing better to do and a pay rate that greenlights anything that includes room and board. And Wonkette is morally required to attend as they use Furries as an object of derision. Didn’t Don Imus have to meet with the Rudgers Lady … ahhhh Volunteers is it?

  • thefrontpage

    From one of the leaked e-mails:

    Woman: Markie Mark, I really don’t mind other people joining us, but, well…

    Mark: What, buttercup?

    Woman: This Ensign guy, well, yech, I think he’s gross. Please–no more Ensign guy!

    Mark: Okay, butterfly. I have another friend who might be more fun.

    Woman: Who is he?

    Mark: His name’s Larry Craig.

    —end of transmission——

  • 19kevin8

    alt-text fail.

  • Zadig

    [re=350218]ManchuCandidate[/re]: No, I hear Jenny’s changed her number since then.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    I’m going to miss the month of Pune.

  • Rascalcat

    This is the most interesting part of the foible. I think it may have been Maria herself that sent the e-mails. Hell hath no fury like misstress wanting to be more than that. Then again it may have been the Mrs.

    My big question is why did the State sit on these for 5 months and what did they do to try to verify them?

  • Below the Beltway

    Maybe Sanford leaked the e-mails himself in hopes of setting up a second career as a third-rate romance novelist?

  • desertwind

    The Queen of England was sick and tired of covering for the jerk.

  • graceless

    Maybe it was mop-head. You remember him, he hacked (guessed the password) into Sarah Palin’s uberly guarded free yahoo account.

  • H_Tuttle

    The Sanford’s favorite tune:

  • sleepy
  • Extemporanus

    It was Andrew Young. The email is actually a transcription of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter sex tape he found under a stiff towel in the bathroom of the old campaign bus.

  • RightLies

    Mrs. Sanford said she wanted her husband’s girlfriend “off the table.” Personally, I think he went into way toooo much detail with his wife…

  • DustBowlBlues

    Maybe Mrs. Sanford realized that as a beautiful heiress with an MBA from Georgetown (or GW–whatever–some fancy ass school) she set her bar way too low when she plucked this douchebag out of obscurity and turned him into an electable Republithug. I think she got even, punishing him as well as herself (for being the moron she is for getting married and pumping out four kids with this lame-ass excuse for a man) and fucked with a cut and past job. Imagine how pissed she was when “The State” was so spineless they didn’t publish them.

    Maybe Mark strayed because he got tired of Jen yelling, “You lameass douchebag. You’d be nothing without me.” (You know it happened. It had to have happened).

    It’s no accident he apologized to his lady friend and the troll who lives in his basement before he got around to mentioning the missus.

  • DustBowlBlues

    [re=350265]S.Luggo[/re]: Personally, I know I can’t respect any man who’d bonk SA women and skip Brazilians. Everyone knows they’ve got some of the hottest people on earth. Take Kaka, for instance. I would. (If I were young, beautiful and an underwear model–that seems to the qualifications need to date on of their team members.)

  • pat robertsons personal trainer

    cockblocked by an illegal. i would not want to wake up in south carolina as a brown man today–or any other day, or any other color on any other day.

  • Jukesgrrl

    “The total was at three and counting.” It’s always the ugly guys. More proof that Rielle Hunter is a tranny.

    [re=350234]4tehlulz[/re]: Dude, don’t forget what happened to Fabio!

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=350459]DustBowlBlues[/re]: True fact: Kaká of Brazil football fame was a self-proclaimed virgin when he married his sweetheart. He has given his heart to Jesus like many, if not most, famous South American footballers. The evangelize for Jesus thing is big down there. Many players wear I Heart Jesus t-shirts under their team jersey and flash it after they score a goal & have the teevee cameras to themselves.

  • testiclease

    sanford nails hottie, lifts jersey exposes i heart jesus t-shirt…scorrrrrrrrrrrrre!!!