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Was O’Keefe Running a Sting Against Landrieu?

By on 1.28.10 | 5:30AM

Internet media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart suggests James O'Keefe will be cleared -- or at least I think that's what Breitbart's saying.

O'Keefe, who masterminded the ACORN hidden camera sting operation, was arrested earlier this week with three other young men for something or other involving the telephone system in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Does O'Keefe have evidence of some impropriety involving Landrieu, or perhaps ACORN, or both?

Is the mainstream media being set up by O'Keefe?

We'll see.

A piece in the Washington Post suggests O'Keefe may have been running a sting against Landrieu:

[...] Conservative supporters say O'Keefe's newest operation occurred just days ago. Federal prosecutors allege that he helped carry out a plot Monday in which two partners impersonated telephone repairmen to enter the downtown New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). O'Keefe, 25, waited inside the office and used his cellphone to record his two colleagues saying that the senator's phone was not receiving calls, according to charges unsealed Tuesday.

Supporters say O'Keefe and his friends entered Landrieu's office to conduct another undercover sting: to show on video that citizens trying to call Landrieu's office could not get through. Now O'Keefe -- a celebrated figure among some Republicans for his undercover sting last fall targeting the nonprofit Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) -- and three other men face charges of entering federal property on false pretenses as part of a plot to tamper with the lawmaker's phone. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Michael Madigan, O'Keefe's attorney, could not be reached to comment.

Opponents of health-care reform legislation had complained this month that they repeatedly heard busy signals when they called Landrieu's office to register their views.  [...]

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