O'Keefe, as you may recall, was a Breitbart associate who secretly taped an encounter with the leftist organization Acorn. He posed as a pimp, along with a young woman activist, to record Acorn officials giving advice on how to beat the system via possibly illegal acts. The video of the encounter went viral, leading to much bad publicity for Acorn, which in turn resulted in Acorn losing public contracts with the government.
O'Keefe was much praised and heralded for this act. However, he lost a lot of credibility when he and several others subsequently showed up at the offices of Senator Mary Landrieu, disguised as phone repairmen, and attempted to gain access to her telephone system. They were all arrested and O'Keefe was convicted of a misdemeanor. It was a singularly stupid stunt, and I lambasted O'Keefe in this blog for his really terrible judgment (see here and here). Since then, I have considered O'Keefe to be something of a loose cannon.
Nadia Naffe was apparently recruited by O'Keefe to take part in further staged incidents. She claims she was harassed by O'Keefe and filed suit against him. The suit was dismissed for lack of evidence, and now O'Keefe has filed a suit against Naffe. Naffe took umbrage at Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications, a Los Angeles D.A., who provided O'Keefe with legal advice on how to handle the lawsuits. Further nefarious deeds by Frey include practicing law online and blogging at work. Another big So What? In any case, Naffe has filed suit against Frey. Never hesitate, litigate! All while singing that wonderful old standard, "Ill Be Suing You."
At her blog, Naffe describes her encounters with O'Keefe, which on the face appear pretty tame. She alleges that he came on to her (quite possibly true, young men often have problems controlling their hormones), but that in itself wouldn't seem particularly egregious to me. He also used her laptop to send emails when she stayed overnight in his office headquarters in a converted barn. Again, so what?
Now on her blog she discloses that she filed suit against Patrick Frey for somehow downloading her medical records (from where?) and publishing them and her social security number on the internet (for what purpose?). That, if true, would be a serious event. I do not have any specific information on this, and it would be good to get the facts from Frey's point of view. However, I very much doubt that it is true. From what I can surmise from Rauhauser comments on the web, Naffe and her new leftist friends only suspect that Frey did the deed. Oh yes, an experienced trial attorney is going to do something illegal in order to protect O'Keefe from a nuisance and frivolous lawsuit, one that was quickly and easily dismissed for lack of substance. Do you believe that? I don't. UPDATE: I learned from a commenter at Patterico's blog the following info:
Stogie – IIRC [if I remember correctly], at best, it is an exaggeration. He posted a publicly available transcript of one of her many depositions, in which her SSN resided. He quickly redacted when he became aware. Also, IIRC, the whole medical records nonsense comes from the deposition, where she discusses her medical history.After reading through Naffe's blog, most of her complaints seem like the petty gripes of an adolescent school girl. She hired the lawyer who represents leftists, the Occupy movement and the Anonymous movement. She claims that her lawyer will grill Frey in court about how he and his wife can afford to live in a 1.3 million dollar home, and also grill him as to the specifics of how he was targeted in a SWAT-ing episode. I'm no lawyer, but I think it's a safe bet that no judge would permit such a fishing expedition into areas not relevant to her case.
Finally, Naffe apologizes on her blog for her previous association with O'Keefe, in what seems to be another "Blinded by the Right" epiphany, a la David Brock and Charles Johnson, i.e. as someone who didn't realize how evil the Right was, but now wishes to return to the right side of the Lord, which is the left.
These facts lead me to believe that Nadia Naffe was probably never a conservative activist, but an infiltrator who may have been playing O'Keefe for the purpose of damaging his operations and his reputation (though he seems quite capable of doing that all by himself). This is my theory, anyway.
Read Nadia's blog here and decide for yourself. Comments and suggestions welcome.
UPDATE: I guess Nadia doesn't like visitors poring over her brilliance. She has now made her blog private.