Hastert Yanks Press Releases On Efforts To ‘Keep Kids Safe in Cyberspace’ From His Website

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House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert first claimed he was made aware of Foley’s emails to a young congressional page by media reports on Thursday. He has now admitted he was actually informed last fall.

Up until this morning, the top of Hastert’s website highlighted the congressman’s efforts to “Keep Kids Safe In Cyberspace,” with press releases from 8/29 and 8/22, as well as a link to an 8/29 event:

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Those documents are now gone. Hastert has removed the three links, with the top news reading, “Hastert Applauds Federal Funding To Stop Emerald Ash Borer” (7/22 press release):

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UPDATE: TPM Muckraker has posted a copy of the August 29, 2006 press release, “Hastert Drives Effort To ‘Keep Kids Safe In Cyberspace,'” here.

UPDATE II: Salon’s Tim Grieve notes that the press releases are back up on Hastert’s site, “albeit right under breaking news about Indian gaming in Shabbona, Illinois.” The information on the 8/29 event has not returned.

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