Laura Brod knew of leaked photo Jan. 11, when she tweeted she wouldn't run for any office

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U of M Regent Laura Brod knew as early as January 11 that a boudoir photo of her had been leaked, and that same day ruled out running for higher office on Twitter, although she did not explain why at the time.

The boudoir photo first came to widespread public attention much later -- on July 25 when Brod admitted to City Pages that the image published on a Tumblr called "ThisIsAPictureOfLauraBrod" was authentic.

But emails provided to City Pages by a source who requested anonymity make clear that the photo was originally leaked January 11.


A source provided this email to City Pages, dated January 10, which shows the original Laura Brod boudoir photo before it was filtered, watermarked, and put on Tumblr:

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The comment -- "Reason 1 why Brod would be bad in 2014. Lot's of loose lips and lots more of this." --  was in response to buzz on Twitter about Brod's potential as a candidate for higher office.

For comparison, here is the email sent to me (and other members of the media) on July 22:

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You'll notice immediately that the two emails were sent from near identical addresses -- "stpaulie93@gmail.com" and "stpaulie94@gmail.com."

The source contacted Laura Brod about the photo the next day. That evening, Brod sent a tweet -- seemingly out of nowhere -- ruling out running for any office:

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No one knew it at the time, but this tweet was Brod's reaction to the boudoir photo's release.

Next: What does the metadata of the photo tell us about when it was taken?

Just a few days later, Brod would allude to her secret troubles in what appeared to be an innocuous public service announcement:

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In her statement to City Pages six months later, Brod would reveal that she's the victim of a cyber stalker and that she has contacted the FBI to prosecute the person responsible:
As embarrassing as this entire incident is, we know the larger nightmare of harassment, cyber-stalking and privacy invasion is not unique to us, and we plan to fight back with everything we have. This matter has been referred to the FBI and we are pursuing all legal means possible to prosecute whoever is responsible for the illegal dissemination of this material.
The FBI would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.

The January email released to City Pages does provide some additional clues into the source. Using the original photo, you can run a metadata search on the image:

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You'll note that we've highlighted the Device Model -- a Palm Treo 700p -- with a red arrow. That model was released in 2006, and was no longer available by July 2008, according to this Wikipedia article. That means the boudoir photo was most almost certainly taken during the time Brod was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2004-2010).



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14 comments
swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Awesome.  Hot sexy hypocrite poses for photos while attacking everybody else and claiming a right to intervene in everybody else's bedroom.  Then claims to be a victim when the photos inevitably are leaked.

I really wish it weren't any of my business.  Except Laura Brod's vindictive hypocrisy makes it everybody's business.  Good thing her political career is over.  If she hadn't used her political power to hurt other people through phony moralism, none of this would have ever happened.  But it did.  Buh-Bye.

kennyX
kennyX

Hey Kevin, why don't you report on real scandals like.....oh you know.....like Benghazi, IRS targeting of political groups, ect. instead of this non-sense? Oh wait, I forgot. You must be one of anger-filled, bigoted, racist Liberals who have nothing better to do than scour the internet for any dirt you can find on any Republican.......while at the same time sucking the feces out of Barack Hussein Obama and Mark Dayton's anuses. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It stinks in here, did someone Kevin Hoffman??

tjage
tjage

After all of this I hope she get's a grassroots effort as a write in candidate for higher office.

I will vote for her

Gene Hanf
Gene Hanf

You can stop reporting on this silly story anytime now. There is actual news out there CPM!

vincentkv
vincentkv

Please stop this CP. The GOP can be criticized, embarrassed, and beaten at the polls without this horrifying invasion of someone's privacy. It's not news, it's not funny, and it's not any kind of tit-for-tat exposure of right-wing hypocrisy. It stinks of titillation and sexism and you should be ashamed.

Stop.

Aurora Jensen
Aurora Jensen

Maybe I'm missing something but I can't figure why anyone would or should care about this story.

Carmen Largaespada Nickisch
Carmen Largaespada Nickisch

From the article regarding the device that took the pic: "You'll note that we've highlighted the Device Model -- a Palm Treo 700p -- with a red arrow. That model was released in 2006, and was no longer available by July 2008, according to this Wikipedia article. That means the boudoir photo was most almost certainly taken during the time Brod was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2004-2010)." Wow, City Pages, are you seriously that stupid? So all the Palm Treo 700p's ever sold just disappeared into thin air after July 2008? No one could possibly have used one after, say, 2010? Did you stop to think someone could have bought one more recently on eBay? And since when is the phrase "most almost certainly" legit journalism?

Kristin Marie
Kristin Marie

Who cares if she sleeps in her underwear? I don't see why she had to drop out.

Rich Oney
Rich Oney

Why is this newsworthy? Something like this should not destroy someone's career.

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