Draft Carmen Trutanich’s Campaign for District Attorney Accused of “Deception, Deceit and Duplicity”

The official Los Angeles Dragnet blog has accused City Attorney Carmen Trutanich of “Deception, Deceit and Duplicity” in connection with his bid to become District Attorney through the use of what now appears to be a staged, phony and misleading website; DraftTrutanich4DA.com. The post is repeated here:

Deception, Deceit and Duplicity likely surrounds Carmen Trutanich’s bid to become District Attorney, according to records examined by Los Angeles Dragnet showing advance planning and photographs secretly supplied by Trutanich to the creator of the so-called anonymous law enforcement campaign website; DraftTrutanich4DA

Sheriff Baca's email message of April 14, 2011 was not a sudden or spontaneous call for support, but an attempt to mislead planned well in advance.

Los Angeles Dragnet can reveal that the email sent in the name of Sheriff Lee Baca was not a spontaneous call to “persuade” (sic) Trutanich to run for Los Angeles District Attorney, but probably a trick or ruse which was the final part of a ‘TRU” deception.

It was a deception that apparently started well before Sheriff Baca became the hapless instrument of Trutanich’s plot. As the evidence will show, it was a plot which could only have occurred with the duplicity and complicity of Trutanich himself.

Records obtained from GoDaddy.com shows that the DraftTrutanich4DA website was registered three months before Sheriff Baca’s email was sent out to unsuspecting victims.

Registration records prove that Trutanich planned his "Draft" deception three months in advance

GoDaddy.com records obtained by LA Dragnet shows that Trutanich's misleading website was created three months before Trutanich released Baca's email on unsuspecting victims.

As previously revealed, the website’s registrant, Jim Royer, is a close associate of Trutanich’s chief investigator. This makes it highly unlikely that Royer came up with the idea to “draft Trutanich” alone, but rather more likely that it was at the behest of Trutanich himself.

However, the evidence of Trutanich’s duplicity goes beyond circumstantial evidence linking Royer to Trutanich’s January 14, 2011 website.

Photographs used on that website were secretly made available to the website creator on January 17, 2011, using a file sharing service called  “Flickr.”

Trutanich used a secret Flickr account called "TrutanichC" to share photos from his 2009 City Attorney campaign with the creator of his current campaign website. (Click on the image for a more detailed view.)

The Flickr account was probably named “trutanichc” in order that it could not be found by anyone searching for “trutanich.”

The photographs themselves cannot be found on Flickr without the secret link

Without the secret link to the photographs, it is highly unlikely that anyone but the person Trutanich wanted to have access to these photographs, could find them.

Los Angeles Dragnet obtained the following secret link to access Trutanich’s secret files on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trutanichc

Armed with the secret link, the DraftTrutanich4DA website creator was able to use three photographs on the bogus DraftTrutanich4DA website.

Three photographs from Trutanich's secret Flickr account were used on the DraftTrutanich4DA.com website, suggesting that Trutanich shared his secret access link with the website creator.

When Los Angeles Dragnet accessed Trutanich’s secret photographs, we we able to see that the photographs used on the website had only been viewed once or twice. By the time this exclusive goes live, the numbers of views will likely increase as shocked readers verify the details for themselves.

EXIF data shows very precise details of the date and time the photograph was taken as well as technical details of the exposure, camera make and model, and lens used.

EXIF data for the photographs reveals digital information that is stored within the images, and when viewed, can reveal very specific information about the photograph. In the case of the photograph showing Trutanich at the Green Meadows Park, it shows that the photograph was taken at 3:46pm on March 31, 2009. It is a staged photograph taken Trutanich’s campaign for City Attorney.

Given that, without the secret link, these photographs were to all intents and purposes invisible to the general public, it is reasonable to conclude that Trutanich arranged this elaborate ruse to make the photographs that were only in his possession, available only to the person or persons he charged with creating his bogus website.

Furthermore, now that Truanich’s connection to his deceitful website is beyond a reasonable doubt, serious issues arise over the continuing failure of Trutanich to place the required notice on his website indicating who is paying for the service that he is receiving. The idea that it is some anonymous group of law enforcement supporters seems untenable in the light of the evidence that Trutanich orchestrated the entire deception to give himself a defense to charges that he has reneged on his contract with the people of Los Angeles.

Some might say that it’s time for Trutanich to come clean with Los Angelenos and admit his serious misjudgment in allowing his political ambition to overcome the other promise he made countless times; transparency.

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4 Responses to Draft Carmen Trutanich’s Campaign for District Attorney Accused of “Deception, Deceit and Duplicity”

  1. A.Nonymous says:

    Dear David Berger-
    Get a life. Everyone knows that this is your blog. Your postings just appear to be the ramblings of a guy who is still bitter about being let go by CA Trutanich.

    • Anonymous says:

      I didn’t know this was David Berger’s blog, but if it is, thank you A.Nonymous because it explains a lot of things that had been a mystery until now. I met Berger at a fundraiser he organized for Nuch last year, and everything seemed fine – he did a great job standing in for Nuch until he arrived.
      Then I saw Berger a chamber of commerce event recently and I thought he was still with Nuch. He told me he was at the DA’s office now and when I asked “why?” all he said was that he left Nuch because of the budget problem, but didn’t give any specifics and certainly didn’t say anything bad about Nuch. I didn’t realize there was any bad blood between them.
      If Berger has “gone rogue” then it explains the source of so many negative things that are being said about Nuch, unfortunately it also means that they are true. The stuff about Nuch supplying the photos for a campaign that he said he knew nothing about could only have been known by someone on the inside.
      I never really trusted Nuch but while he had decent people around him I guess it made me feel less uneasy about him. Now that Cooley and Berger have distanced themselves from Nuch, and all these stories are coming out, I’m not going to support Nuch as it’s too easy to get implicated in scandals – like the one in the LA Times today about the Korean property developer who made illegal campaign contributions to the former City Attorney and the Mayor. If Nuch can’t control his people, then he’s got a real problem.

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