Laura Brod knew of leaked photo Jan. 11, when she tweeted she wouldn't run for any office
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.
You'll notice immediately that the two emails were sent from near identical addresses -- "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org."
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:
Next: What does the metadata of the photo tell us about when it was taken?
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.
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).