“Do The Right Thing.”

Everyone is crowing about what they are discovering in the leaked Ashley Madison database and, to some extent, it’s worth crowing about. A local elected official, a former local elected official’s spouse, and a local elected official’s son are all in there, at least apparently. But I am amused in particular by a blogger who seems to have direct access to a live copy of the stolen data, and who says that it contains evidence of criminal misconduct. Not to upset the readership unduly, that blogger is apparently ignoring the fact that, in Virginia, attempted adultery is a crime. No, the schadenfreude here is the political tyro’s favorite kind: that arising from proof that an elected official has violated a campaign finance law. In this case, Black Velvet Bruce Li claims to have mined proof from the stolen data that a candidate for the Virginia state senate is misusing campaign resources by devoting them to activity on Ashley Madison. With a table apparently culled directly from the Ashley Madison data, he suggests that law enforcement authorities can start with that as evidence, “if they’re inclined to do the right thing.”

Well…

FirewallNoVa has the skills needed to obtain our own copy of that data too, and to search it for similarly hilarious records. But, we’re not doing that. Why not? Because, you see, in Virginia, taking receipt of stolen property is a crime. Others made this point first, and we think it’s valid. Just because the stolen property reveals a lot of people to be bums isn’t a defense. Law enforcement authorities might want to investigate. They can start with this, if they’re inclined to do the right thing…