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Palfrey to Offer Internet Radio Interviews for Sale on eBay
"She's a very ladylike person. She should be wearing white gloves," said Lee Mirabal, vice president for network programming of San Diego-based wsRadio.com, who conducted the interviews.
Palfrey, 51, who lives in Vallejo, Calif., was interviewed last month at a studio and hotel for a new wsRadio.com program, "My Side of the Story." wsRadio.com has "partnered" with Palfrey to auction off the tapes, Mirabel said. President Chris Murch would not disclose details of the contract but said Palfrey will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to charity.
Federal prosecutors have said in court filings that Palfrey's assets could be seized as ill-gotten gains of a criminal business enterprise. But it is unlikely the government would go after income from the sale of the tapes, said prosecutors familiar with forfeiture cases.
Presuming she can sell them, that is. The question remains: Who would spend good money for tapes that tell everything except what everyone yearns to know -- the names of her high-powered clients?
"Oh my gosh, I have no idea -- I'm thinking maybe a media outlet," Mirabal said. ". . . We thought we should give it a go."
The tapes begin with Palfrey recounting how she tried to access her savings account while in Germany. But everything was frozen. "And it goes on and on from there," Mirabal said.
Mirabal spent time with Palfrey over the past month conducting the interviews. Now, Palfrey refers reporters to the Internet radio host "to 'pinch hit' for me," Palfrey said in an e-mail to The Washington Post. "She can give you some real insight into me, my personality, motivation, and to some extent, where all this is headed."
For one thing, there's the pronunciation of Palfrey's name -- it's "PAUL-free," Mirabal said. Palfrey is not crazy about the nickname, "Washington Madam." But she prefers it to "D.C. Madam" or "Beltway Madam."
Then there is an issue, Mirabel said, more important to Palfrey than "the sex."
"For God's sake, people, let's forget the sex," she said. "Let's concentrate on forfeiture, this whole situation of seizing one's property before one is even convicted of anything, or, in this case, charged.
"Something is rotten in Denmark," she said, borrowing from Shakespeare. "I don't like it, and a lot of Americans don't like it."