On Friday, Randall L. Tobias resigned as deputy secretary of state one day after confirming to Brian Ross of ABC that he had patronized the Pamela Martin firm. Speaking yesterday on "Good Morning America," Ross said Tobias told him Tobias's number was on Palfrey's phone records because he had called "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage." There had been "no sex," Ross quoted Tobias as saying, and that recently he has used another service, "with Central American gals," for massages. Newsfilter? Yes. Crass sensationalism? A bit, yes. Pointless speculation and irrelevant titillation? One can hope. And we're off!
The Case of the D.C. Madam Newsfilter: An attorney for Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged "D.C. Madam," rejected accusations Monday that releasing a list of phone numbers used to dial Palfrey's high-end escort service amounted to blackmail. The "sexual albeit legal" practices of the "erotic fantasy service" in Washington D.C. has wags squawking over the potential names dropped in the 46 pounds of documentation released to ABC news.