FBI won't confirm or deny Laura Brod photo probe
The FBI won't talk about a claim by U of M Regent Laura Brod that she has contacted the bureau to initiate an investigation into who leaked her boudoir photo to the Internet.
"At this point, I'm not able to confirm or deny any existing investigations," says Kyle Loven, the chief division counsel and media coordinator for the FBI in Minneapolis.
Ina statement to City Pages
, Brodadmitted that the photo was her
and implied it was a malicious act perpetrated by a cyber-stalker. She maintained that the unauthorized release of the picture on a Tumblr site called "ThisIsLauraBrod
" was illegal and that she had contacted the FBI in an attempt to prosecute whomever is responsible.
"As embarrassing as this entire incident is, we know the larger nightmare of harassment, cyber-stalking and privacy invasion is not unique to us, and we plan to fight back with everything we have," the statement reads. "This matter has been referred to the FBI and we are pursuing all legal means possible to prosecute whoever is responsible for the illegal dissemination of this material."
Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Loven explained that the FBI could not discuss the matter, though the Star Tribune had also called seeking comment.
A spokeswoman for Brod did not return a phone call requesting comment. In her statement to City Pages, Brod wrote, "We will have no further comment on this matter," although there are many questions left unanswered.
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