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Several diaries have appeared today related to a claim posted on the internet that a burglary had resulted in the theft of Mitt Romney's tax returns, and that they were being held for ransom.  Price Waterhouse Cooper says there was no heist.  There was a claim without attribution that packages sent to local Democratic and Republican Party offices were picked up by the Secret Service. However, The Tennessean, a professional newspaper, made no mention of the Secret Service having picked up any materials sent to the parties.  What's going on here?

I believe I have a rather simple explanation.  The Nashville City Paper,a website which seems to have been the first outlet to mention the Secret Service, is so slammed they are unreachable.  Why would people be so interested in Secret Service involvement?  It's simple.

A false story was being created in which the Secret Service, associated with the President, would have possession of Mitt Romney's illegally stolen tax returns.

The Drudge Report has linked to the Nashville City Paper, the same site that has spun a tale of "confiscation" by the U.S. Secret Service.  Someone wants you to believe that President Obama has obtained Mitt Romney's tax returns through the guise of a Secret Service investigation.  But there was no burglary.  Mitt Romney's tax returns were not stolen.

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