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[MOL] From Chris - FYI: check your addresses!

Interesting article in my local newspaper: "The Morning Call" about sending 
email to the wrong party.  It really can be quite dangerous and you need to 
check and recheck email addresses.  -chris 

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This article is  The Morning Call Newspaper Company

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2000 
Page: A07 
Edition: EIGHTH 
Section: NATIONAL 

Memo:Text of E-mail, attached to end of story. 

by MARIO F. CATTABIANI, The Morning Call 

Don Wooley knew something wasn't quite right when he opened the e-mail.
The retired pawnbroker from Lawton, Okla., didn't know the sender -- or 
anyone in Pennsylvania for that matter.

He couldn't follow exactly what was being discussed. It dealt with politics 
-- a hobby of his -- and spin control in a state 1,300 miles away. That much 
was for sure. And it looked confidential, too. That intrigued him. So he set 
out to make sense of it all.

His first stop was the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C., 
He's donated money to the RNC before and, besides, he had a toll-free number. 
An operator there put him in touch with party officials in the Keystone 
State, who in turn directed Wooley to The Morning Call.
"I have something that might interest you," Wooley told a Call reporter.
Wooley, who considers "liberalism at the root of the country's ills," decided 
to invest the time on the e-mail because "it looked like it might be some 
kind of a cover-up that could help our side."

Still, Wooley, 54, was at a loss to explain how he wound up with the e-mail 
in the first place. Perhaps his name was wrongly stuck on some large e-mail 
forwarding list. Or maybe a server misfired somewhere along the line, he 

The answer is far less technical and offers a lesson for the computer age: 
When you're sending e-mail, check -- and double-check -- the address.
Ken Snyder didn't.
The media consultant sent the memo to his boss, state Sen. Vincent Fumo, who 
added a few thoughts and returned it. Snyder thought he was forwarding the 
combined memo and reply to Howard Cain, another of the senator's consultants.
But Snyder mistakenly inverted two letters in Cain's America Online address, 
sending the document to Wooley instead.
"Just bad luck," Snyder said.

Text of E-mail
Editor's note: Here is the e-mail as written with the addresses omitted.

Forwarded Message:
Subj: Re: Lisa Boscola
Date: 4/16/00 9:07:23 PM Central Daylight Time
From: (Senator Vincent J. Fumo)
To: (Ken Snyder )

I agree with everything that you said but getting her to do it according to 
the script is going to be difficult because she is a loose cannon. But we'll 
see. We have about $500,000 invested in her and I would hate to see her loose 
an election. However, she will probably listen now because she is scared. But 
when the heat is off she may go back to her old ways! Thanks!

At 09:17 PM 4/16/2000 EDT, you (Snyder ) wrote:
I had a long conversation with Lisa. I recommended that she not be defensive, 
and that people won't remember what the charges against her were as much as 
they will remember how she handled them and how she responded. I counceled 
that she be calm, poised and collected -- to look like a strong leader -- NO 

I told her to say: "These stories are embarassing to me and my family -- and 
they come first. That is why I find this sort of sensationlist reporting so 
regrettable. But I am not going to coment on the merits of what I consider 
gratuitous charges -- and I ask to only be judged as other legislators are 
judged: on the basis of my record -- A record of which I am very proud."

If she gets asked if her personal behaviour is part of the record: "I try to 
comport myself in an honorable way. If I've unintentionally offended any one 
I am deeply sorry. But I am very serious about my work and that is reflected 
in the success I've enjoyed working on behalf of the district and people I 
represent. The only behaviour of mine that should be noted is how deadly 
serious I am each day when I walk on to the floor of the Pennsylvania State 
Senate -- to do my district's bidding."

I recommended that if she gets a high volume of inquries tomorrow that she 
make herself very available and stay on message. She may want to reach out to 
Ch. 69 the big tv station up there and offer a one-on-one interview with the 
anchor in her home on the couch -- so people can see that she is cool and 
normal (though I did advice that she hide the Dean Martin records). Also, she 
was endorsed by the Morning Call -- she should call them and offer to meet 
with them (I suspect they'll editorialize anyway) -- I told her to set up a 
meeting later in the week when things calm down -- also delaying the 

I do not think suing is the way to go -- She's a State Senator and this is 
politics not a tea party -- I have to believe that the people of her district 
are not litigeous people and would not appreciate some big shot Philadelphia 
lawyer (much less Vince Fumo's lawyer) going after the newspaper. I think she 
ought to take it like a man and move on.

Finally, I warned her that the margin of error on her conduct from this point 
foward is zero -- if she screws around and get's found out -- nobody will 
give her the benefit of the doubt and it will make you and the leadership 
look bad for defending her now.
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