In Philadelphia, former KYW-TV anchor and former “Access Hollywood” anchor Larry Mendte has been charged with federal crimes over his unlawful snooping into the e-mail of his former co-anchor, Alycia Lane. Mendte reportedly gained access into her e-mails hundreds of times and leaked personal information on her social life a Philadelphia Daily News reporter. Lane was eventually dismissed from the station.
Mendte is accused of gaining access to Lane’s e-mails on at least 537 occasions between January and May.
Both anchors were dumped by the station. Lane was fired over a series of embarrassing incidents, including a scuffle with a New York City police officer.
For Mendte, 51, the government charged him with a single felony count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization.
Mendte and Lane anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Mendte was taken off the air after his house was raided and Lane argued in a lawsuit that the station was guilty of sex discrimination by firing her and keeping Mendte on the air.
Mendte, who is married to another local anchor — Fox news anchor Dawn Stensland. He previously co-hosted “Access Hollywood” and worked at stations in Chicago, San Diego and New York.
He could face up to six months in prison if guilty.
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I remember this anchor from his time in Chicago. If only George W. would get the same treatment for spying that this guy got!
Good question whooliebacon. I want to know why these companies (referenced below) aren’t given 6 months per violation along with the administration.
Fresh Air from WHYY, May 14, 2008 · It’s become a $50 billion a year industry: Corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and IBM are being paid to do things the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Pentagon usually do, including analysis, covert operations, electronic surveillance and reconnaissance.
Investigative journalist Tim Shorrock details the outsourcing of U.S. intelligence in his new book, Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
Shorrock has covered the intersection of business and national security for over 25 years, writing for such publications as The Nation, Mother Jones and Salon.com, among others.
Looks like the rule of law regarding spying is up and running in the good ole’ USA..
Meanwhile in the “cheneybush” underworld, wonder if Diebold was listed as a telcom in the recent, cut and run, FISA law.
If it’s good enough for an anchor it’s good enough for cheneybush!
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