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Paul Ryan Intern Adam Savader Arrested

Posted on | April 23, 2013 | 77 Comments

Adam Savader, a former intern for Paul Ryan, was arrested by the FBI and charged in a weird sexual extortion scheme:

A 21-year-old Great Neck, New York man was charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan with Internet extortion and cyber stalking, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. . . .
According to the affidavit, from May 2012 through February 2013, Adam Paul Savader sent anonymous text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women stating that he had nude photographs of the women and threatening to distribute the nude photographs to the women’s friends and family members unless the women sent him more nude photographs of themselves. Savader sent some of the victims links to a photo-sharing website where nude pictures of the victims had been posted.
The case was brought to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by detectives from the Ann Arbor Police Department, who received a complaint from a victim stating that she had received threatening messages from a person who had illegally obtained nude photographs of her from her e-mail account. Detectives with the Ann Arbor P.D. partnered with FBI agents to investigate the case and together identified 15 victims in Detroit; Washington, D.C.; and Long Island, New York.
If convicted on these charges, Savader faces a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

Via Adam Steinbaugh who explain the details:

[A] recently-unsealed complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan . . . alleges, essentially, that a New York man — Adam Paul Savader — used a variety of Google Voice numbers to text women under the monicker “John Smith.”  ”Smith” told the women that he had nude photos of them (or, in one victim’s case, her mother) and that he would post more online if they did not send more nude photos.  He allegedly threatened to send the photos to their family members, sorority sisters, and the Republican National Committee, telling one that everyone in “D.C” would see the nude photos.  The unidentified victims apparently attended the same college as Savader.
On Twitter, Adam Savader brags that he was “Formerly @PRyan’s sole intern on @MittRomney’s campaign and a @newtgingrich campaign staffer” and notes that his website is  The whois registration for the site lists his abode as being the same Great Neck, NY address as the address affiliated with the IP address used to register many of the online accounts allegedly used in the sextortion plot.

Savader’s Twitter account has not yet been deleted.

UPDATE: Reading the complaint — and trust me, it’s a must-read — I’m wondering: Do all college girls now have naked photos online?

Hey, I could have a great future as a Republican intern . . .

UPDATE II: Welcome, Twitchy readers! It turns out, because I know everybody, I’m just one degree of separation from Adam Savader:

There is a lesson here about the perils of the digital age: Anything you put on the Web — even uploaded to private accounts — can be accessed, if someone with enough skills really wants to get to it bad enough. And naked pictures? Yeah, don’t do those. Ever. Because that boyfriend you’re sending them to may not be your boyfriend forever.



77 Responses to “Paul Ryan Intern Adam Savader Arrested”

  1. Josh_Painter
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM Paul Ryan Intern Adam Savader Arrested #TCOT

  2. CPAguy
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Is it wrong of me to say he looks like the type to do such a thing?

  3. Quartermaster
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    No, because he does.

  4. Quartermaster
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    It’s gotta the fault of Booooooooosh!

  5. richard mcenroe
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    Basically saw off everything east of the Hudson and north of Georgia and let it all drift away to the EU…

  6. Bob Belvedere
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:04 pm


  7. Finrod Felagund
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Man, that’s some industrial-strength dumb there. Both the intern and anyone who would fall for that.

  8. ThomasD
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Swim for it Bob! Swim to FREEDOM!

  9. Dick Fox
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Yep, he looks the part. Perhaps he can go to work for Weiner.

  10. Buffalobob
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Handsome little devil.

  11. Beeblebrocs
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    And this is news because?

    For a second there I thought I was reading Politico.

  12. Rosalie
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    I’m just glad that it wasn’t Ryan who was arrested. The GOP has enough problems.

  13. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    He definitely had the right stuff to work for Anthony Weiner. Wow, how dumb do you have to be to do something like this?

  14. Steve Skubinna
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    So this is just me being obtuse here, but… if you don’t want nude pictures of yourself circulating, then why would you, oh hell, take them and post them in the first place? Are people really so stupid as to think they have any control over anything after they click “send?”

    This reminds me of that classic piece from the Onion: “I wish all these gay men would stop sucking my c**k.”

  15. Katie Scarlet
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    Interesting how they tracked all those IP’s, texts, etc. from a R staffer but nothing yet for any swatting victims.

  16. aliswell
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 9:38 pm
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  18. WarEagle82
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    Please give me 3 good reasons to take nude photos of yourself and upload them to the internet?

    1. It will make your parents proud.
    2. It will enhance your career prospects.
    3. It will lead to people reading the articles you post along-side the pictures.

    4. It will make RSMcCain happy.

  19. bobbymike34
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    This becomes bigger than then Boston, Iran, deficit because it is a Republican

  20. robertstacymccain
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    Really. They shouldn’t publish those photos. Just e-mail them to me. But only the hot ones.

  21. justaconservativegirl
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    Yeah I know him. He worked for the Newt campaign. He never really struck as me as creepy, but very ackward. Also he was on social media constantly during work hours, always.

  22. sheryl
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    It’s weird. At 52, I have gone my entire lifetime without knowing one of these people. They must have all entered public service. Idiots.

  23. richard mcenroe
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Most criminals are not that bright. They just think they are because they choose to do things smart people reasonably decline to do.

  24. richard mcenroe
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:32 pm
  25. Steve Skubinna
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    And after hitting send they should hit your tip jar. It’s only right.

  26. Adjoran
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    Maximum of FIVE YEARS? For 15 counts of blackmail, and at least 15 counts of illegal hacking?

    That comes to 60 days per felony. Can’t beat the volume discounts!

  27. Steven Thompson
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    God forbid any naked pics of me would get on the internet… I would be sued for everybody puking on their monitors and sued in a class action lawsuit…

  28. SPQR9
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    He has a promising future with Prenda Law.

  29. O
    April 23rd, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    oh hey former classmate. glad we were nothing more than acquaintances and you didn’t have any desire to look up my university email prefix

  30. jakee308
    April 24th, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    I’m confused. If the pictures are already publicly available, how is it a crime to say you’re going to let others know about it? Now if HE put those pictures up without their permission then that’s a different story. But that’s not how the “threat” reads.

  31. K-Bob
    April 24th, 2013 @ 2:34 am

    My thoughts, more or less exactly.

  32. K-Bob
    April 24th, 2013 @ 2:34 am

    Sadly, yes. For reporters, at least.

  33. Quartermaster
    April 24th, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    Some friend, eh?

  34. FenelonSpoke
    April 24th, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Yes; It’s a sad commentary on the morals of people today that many would have to worry that someone had nude pictures of them from the internet.

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  36. Bob Belvedere
    April 24th, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    He’s just my crazy cousin – don’t pay him no mind:
    [ninth and tenth pictures]

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  38. Katie Scarlet
    April 24th, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    He looks like a young Bob Menendez

  39. richard mcenroe
    April 24th, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Well, for one thing, through the miracle of

    Photoshop, you don’t even have to have taken nude pictures of yourself anymore.

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  41. Cynthia Schames
    April 24th, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Super creeper.

  42. Jack Sweeney
    April 24th, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    Actually, I consider it a welcome diversion, seeing as how nobody died from his actions.

  43. Jack Sweeney
    April 24th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    IIRC, he hacked their various accounts (i.e. AOL) and downloaded photos he had no right to view, let alone take.

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  45. Miranda Kahn
    April 24th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    they werent uploaded to the internet. they were taken on a phone, sent to a self-email address, and then adam hacked into the email. they were sent to NO ONE. get your facts straight.

  46. Deetz
    April 24th, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    He always has a future in the democrat party.

  47. FoxIsForRetards
    April 24th, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    and anyone that would hire him as well

  48. FoxIsForRetards
    April 24th, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    He looks like a young newt gingrich

  49. Finrod Felagund
    April 24th, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    You’re on the wrong site. dKos is thataway —->

  50. Adjoran
    April 24th, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    I always wondered about Mannix. I mean, the guy took more blows to the head than Chuck Wepner. It was in every freaking show, right after “Mannix goes snooping for clues” and followed by four commercials and “Mannix wakes up, dazed.”