Human Interest

State Department Official Linked to Washington Madam Resigns

April 30, 2007 01:42 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The head of U.S. foreign aid programs steps down; more high-profile revelations are expected to follow as reputed “DC madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey releases client list to the press.

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The State Department announced that Deputy Secretary of State and head of USAID Tobias Randall was “returning to private life for personal reasons.”

News of his resignation came a day after Randall admitted to ABC News reporters that he had used the escort service of Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Palfrey is charged with running a Washington, D.C., prostitution business. She had named Randall as a client.

Randall’s claim that he procured nothing more than a massage is consistent with Palfrey’s defense. She insists that her agency offered only “legal sexual and erotic services,” such as massages and naked dancing.

On April 30, Palfrey handed her client list over to ABC News. She said that, because she has insufficient funds to defend herself, she had to rely on journalists to find witnesses who could testify to the legality of her operation.

The media disclosure of Palfrey's client list may lead to more high-profile resignations. She claims that among the still unidentified clients are an economist in the Bush administration, the head of a conservative think tank, and several senior military officials.


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