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Purported Copies of Romney Tax Returns Delivered to GOP

The Williamson County Republican Party this morning notified police about a package received last week that claims to include copies of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax returns hacked from an accounting office in Franklin, reports The Tennessean.
A letter in the package corresponds to an incredible claim posted anonymously on a website popular among computer hackers that boasts of having downloaded copies of the tax returns obtained by hacking into systems via PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Franklin office. Whoever is behind the message is threatening to release the filings by the end of the month unless they receive $1 million.
For the same price, someone interested in seeing the returns made public could guarantee that action, according to the letter. Whomever pays first, wins.
The author of the online letter also states copies of Romney’s tax returns were left with the county Republican and Democratic offices, and on Wednesday morning both those organizations confirmed that they received suspicious looking packages containing a flash drive and a copy of the letter.
Jean Barwick, executive director of the Williamson County Republican Party, held up a small manila envelope in her office that she said contained the drive and the letter. Scrawled in green lettering across one side are the words “For Rep Learders” (sic).
Barwick said she found the package Friday and called the state GOP office to see if they’d received a similar envelope. Barwick did not call the police until Wednesday, she said, because she didn’t think the extortion attempt seemed credible.

Tommy Haun is NOT Destitute in Spain

Former state Sen. Tommy Haun, now a lobbyist for the Tennessee Sheriffs Association and other clients, says he is “alive and well in Tennessee” despite email received by friends saying he is destitute in Spain and needs money.
Someone apparently hacked into Haun’s email account, got all the addresses of those he corresponds with, then sent the email under his name. The email said Haun, a Greeneville Republican, was stranded in Madrid, having lost his wallet and passport. It asks the recipient to send him a $2,000 loan which he would repay after returning to Tennessee.
The first word he had of the email, Haun said, was from the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association. Subsequently, a number of other people have contacted him by phone, but apparently no one sent money.
“”I’m thinking everybody was smart enough to know that wasn’t really me,” he said.