Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias resigned Friday after being accused by DC madam Jeane Palfrey for using her call girl service.
You might remember Tobias as being Mr. Abstinence when it came to AIDS policy abroad. Yeah, well, apparently everyone else has to abstain but he doesn't have to. You know, he's that one Bush administration official who feels that he's above the rules.
You also might remember him as the guy who helped get a bill passed that required US charities that work to reduce AIDS to take anti-prostitution oaths. Nice on face, I suppose, but they were, of course, intended to take funds away from secular foreign aid operations and give them to religious ones by nearly banning any outreach to sex workers. So apparently he goes so far as to use international sex trade as a cover for diminishing the First Amendment, but then he goes and gets serviced by several "Central Americans".
Palfrey says she has a list of prominent clients that she'll expose for her own defense. More on that, after the jump.
She's in court for criminal charges linked to her call girl service, which she says was never for prostitution, just for "sex fantasy" and she needs her clients to take the stand in her defense. From the Blotter:
I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey told ABC News correspondent Brian Ross in an interview to be broadcast Friday on "20/20." "I'll bring in every last one of them in if necessary," she said.
Palfrey is due in federal court Monday morning to ask the judge to replace her current lawyer, a public defender, with a lawyer who she says "will be more aggressive in fighting the government."
This is about to get very
Tobias, for his part, invoked the Haggard defense:
On Thursday, Tobias told ABC News he had several times called the "Pamela Martin and Associates" escort service "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage."
Tobias, who is married, said there had been "no sex," and that recently he had been using another service "with Central Americans" to provide massages.