It seems that David Vitter may not be the only person who will end up being outed by the release of the D.C. Madam’s phone records:
For months, alleged D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has promised that her voluminous phone records — all 46 pounds of them — contained some powerful secrets. Within hours of their public release, a senator acknowledged Monday night that his telephone number was on the list.
Now, groups such as one calling itself Citizens for Legitimate Government, which runs a liberal Web site, are poring over the records, hoping to translate the raw numbers into more names and revelations. Montgomery Blair Sibley, Palfrey’s civil attorney, said the records were given to 50 interested individuals or groups who “wanted to remain anonymous,” after a federal judge’s release of the records last week.
The records, covering the years 1993 through 2006, contain mostly outgoing calls from Palfrey’s former business, Pamela Martin and Associates. They also were posted Monday on the Web site for Palfrey’s legal defense fund for anyone to look at, Sibley said. It was Palfrey’s practice at Pamela Martin to telephone a client back to confirm details of an appointment, thus making outgoing calls significant.
“Once more analysis is done, more names will come out,” Sibley said in an interview yesterday.
In a world where phone numbers change constantly, where it is as easy to dial a wrong number as a right one, the public posting of the alleged D.C. madam’s phone records has created a new commotion in a case that always aspired to be the next Washington sex scandal. It has raised the specter of wives searching frantically through records for their husbands’ numbers, of grudge-bearers buckling down to unearth dirt on their enemies, of political groups aiming arrows at their opponents.
Lori Price, who manages the Citizens for Legitimate Government Web site and writes its daily newsletter, said she is prepared to devote the time the project needs.
“I’ve got the air conditioning on and my coffee cup beside me, and we’ll be plodding through the list,” said Price, a part-time writer and editor from Bristol, Conn.
Sounds like it could be a fun summer after all. And, if you want to join in the fun, the phone records are right here.