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Accused escort service operator apologies for outing State Dept. official

A woman accused of running a Washington-based escort service apologized Monday for outing a top State Department official as a customer, who had to resign from his post, according to the Canadian Press (http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=be483ca8-2888-47e9-b541-d8ab70e994f5&k=43258). Randall Tobias, head of the U.S. administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after ABC News revealed he used Deborah Jeane Palfrey's service, Pamela Martin & Associates. Tobias clamied that nothing illegal transpired and he only received massages.
Palfrey turned over the phone numbers of people she has done business with to ABC News before a judge's order refused her from doing so. Palfrey said she felt bad for Tobias, but said she plans to subpoena him and others in the list who will prove her business was legal.
Harlan Ullman, a military strategist who authored the combat strategy known as "shock and awe," was also listed by Palfrey as a client.
Sibley, one of Palfrey's lawyers, said he didn't know whether 20/20 will release other names. ABC executive vice-president said that they are seeking a legitimate news story and they will publish what they deem newsworthy.
According to the Washington Post, Palfrey was allowed to appoint a new lawyer, but not allowed a high-price New York attorney that she wanted (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/30/AR2007043000665.html?hpid=topnews). She was also denied access to stocks that were seized by the federal government.
Originally Palfrey had intended to sell her list of telephone numbers to fund her case, but instead handed some of them to ABC without compensation. She said the revealed list will create a group of defense witnesses for herself.
The government charges Palfrey offered $300-an-hour prostitutes in the Washington area, operating by phone and e-mail from her home in California. Previously she served 18 months in the early 1990s for operating a prostitution ring.

I really liked both of these stories, especially the Washington Post story. I thought it was interesting how the Post lead used a "who" lead, while the AP focused on the "what." I like the "what" more because I don't think Palfrey is identifiable enough. The AP report focuses much more heavily on the Tobias aspect of the story, pushing his perspective to the front. The Post on the other hand spends a lot of time talking about Palfrey's case and her problems with lawyers and fundraising. The AP story did a good job balancing quotes from Palfrey and others, although I don't think the prosecutorial perspective comes out well enough. I like how the exact charges and evidence is listed at the end of the Post story. I also think including the fact that she was jailed before is really important, and the Post handles it well, pushing it to the bottom as to not make it seem incriminating. I think the level of reporting by the Post was superb. If one thing was wrong with it, it included too many quotes from Palfrey which swayed the story in her favor. This helped the reader understand her perspective and the depth and context of her case, but it is also slightly biased.