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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Did Joe Lieberman Campaign Staff Break the Law with Fake Hacking Story

Now that the alleged Hacking story has been 100% debunked the next question is whether Sean Smith, Joe Lieberman's campaign manager, will be held accountable for filing complaints with the Connecticut Attorney General and Chief State's Attorney's offices. Connecticut's Penal Code includes:

Sec. 53a-180c. Falsely reporting an incident in the second degree: Class A misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of falsely reporting an incident in the second degree when, knowing the information reported, conveyed or circulated to be false or baseless, such person gratuitously reports to a law enforcement officer or agency (1) the alleged occurrence of an offense or incident which did not in fact occur, (2) an allegedly impending occurrence of an offense or incident which in fact is not about to occur, or (3) false information relating to an actual offense or incident or to the alleged implication of some person therein.

(b) Falsely reporting an incident in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.
Not only did the Lieberman campaign lie to the press, but it appears they may have violated the law.

UPDATE: The FACT this wasn't hacking, just gross incompetence by the Lieberman campaign is even worse when one considers they may have broken the law to try and blame their disgraceful campaign on others.

Tagaris took the Lieberman camp to task, charging that this might not have even been a hack at all."They're completely taking advantage of the fact that most people don't know anything about technology. It's par for the course with them: they treat reporters and treat people like idiots." [...]

At this point, Tagaris was really rolling along. "This reaffirms even more in my heart that [Lieberman] does not deserve to be senator," he said. "He's run a slimy campaign from the beginning, because he can't talk about the issues."

Tagaris paused, then let Lieberman have it one last time: "His campaign should be embarrassed from the senator on down."

Indeed. Sean Smith's campaign made a huge 9th inning error and instead of fixing the problem lied to the press. Lamont's campaign offered to help (even putting a link to the google cache of the Lieberman website up so that people could see all of the (limited) content) but the losers at Lieberman HQ decided to milk this as a story -- even though there was no story and the probably broke the law by lying about what really happened.

And do you know why they milked this as a story? Because the press corps is filled with idiots. The real story is the fact that there were probably penal code violations in faking an election day scandal, but so far not a single member of the press has written about this.

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