Mitt Romney Tax Returns: Hacked, Up For Bids!?

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An anonymous individual or group claims to have obtained "all available" tax returns associated with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The alleged hackers claim to have accessed them via computers in the Franklin, Tenn., office of professional services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

An anonymous posting on a file sharing website claims PwC was hacked; the same site has been used to boast of other high-profile corporate hacks.

How'd they pull it off, allegedly? The posting states:

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"[Romney's tax returns] were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the third floor via a gentleman working on the 3rd floor of the building."

Bribes go a long way, apparently.

President Obama's 2012 election opponent has faced calls to release his tax forms prior to 2010. The former CEO of Bain Capital has refused to do so.

Wonder if this will change his mind.

After "all 1040 tax forms for Romney were copied," the perpetrators claim, having sent Mitt's tax returns "to Democratic and GOP offices in the county."

"A scanned signature image for Mitt Romney from the 1040 forms were scanned and included with the packages," which are almost entirely encrypted.

That's where the fun part comes in.

The group claims it will "release all available files to the public on the 28 of September, 2012," unless someone coughs up $1 million ... in Bitcoins.

The purported hacker(s) issued this threat to PwC:

"All major news media outlets are going to be sent an encrypted copy of the most recent tax years that your company had on file since you did not have them all in a convenient electronic form."

"The years before 2010 will be of great interest to many. If the parties interested do not want the encrypted key released to the public to unlock these documents on September 28 of this year then payment will be necessary."

"The deal is quite simple. Convert $1,000,000 USD to Bitcoins (Google if if you need a lesson on what Bitcoin is) using the various markets available out in the world for buying."

"Transfer the Bitcoins gathered to the Bitcoin address listed below. It does not matter if small amounts or one large amount is transferred, as long as the final value of the Bitcoins is equal to $1,000,000 USD at the time when it is finished."

"The keys to unlock the data will be purged and what ever is inside the documents will remain a secret forever. Failure to do this before September 28, the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything."

"Bitcoin Address to Stop Release: [redacted]"

"At the same time, the other interested parties will be allowed to compete with you. For those that DO want the documents released will have an different address to send to."

"If $1,000,000 USD is sent to this account first; then the encryption keys will be made available to the world right away. So this is an equal opportunity for the documents to remain locked away forever or to be exposed before the September 28 deadline."

"Who-ever is the winner does not matter to us."

Romney is locked in a dead heat with Obama with two months to go before the election. One way or another, the tax return issue keeps rearing its ugly head.

Should Mitt release more tax returns?

Who are you voting for in November?


I don't trust a single word that comes out of romneys mouth and watch how he picks his words carefully we will cover u if u have been covered by insurance in the past. Does that mean long ago or no lapse what so ever
For preexisting condition does that mean if u have insurance for the past 6 months or the past ten years.
The devil is in the details. Just like insurance companies oh u mean u didn't read the fine print that's not covered


People continue to talk about everything but the problem. How the shit can you look at anything but the "ECONOMY & LACK OF JOBS" ? Taxes? If Romney hadn't paid taxes in 10 years his ass would have been audited by now- HARRY REID! The problem with DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE- is that YOU think that every time someone accuses another then that person needs to prove themselves innocent! When in the Hell do you get this logic? If he's guilty then Prove it! Charge him with something or SHUTUP! Everybody wants to know are you better off today than 4 years ago- DAMN THAT- the question is can Obama make us better off in 4 more- the answer is NO- for a thousand reasons! He is under qualified and the country will not get behind him! The real battle will come after the Election!


The entire government is a bunch of lying scum bags, only doing for themselves and close family and friends.


Comments that Romney's tax rate is just 15% shows ignorance about our economy and tax code. Dividends are taxed at 15% because they are paid from after tax corporate earnings. Given a corporate tax rate of aournd 30%, Romney's tax rate is about 45%. Let's get the math...and tax code straight...and stop driving CPAs like crazy. There's still plenty enought to whine about (How dare Romney own stock...gasp)


Interesting, of course its illegal. Wikileaks might handle it if given the returns, of course. Mitt should just come clean and release them now and not submit to blackmail, which is what this is. But then the fraudsters are saying that prior to 2010 Mitts returns are very interesting. Most likely there is stuff in them very close or fragrant tax fraud in Mitts returns, which is the only reason not to release them. As a republican for a lifetime, I cannot support a crook who cannot release his tax returns, neither will I vote for Obama. Gary Johnson 2012 Mitt Romney 1040


@Diana but there in lies the problem. People DONT think he has paid his fair share in taxes. And it will hurt him if people think he's hiding the fact that he paid probably the same in taxes as the middle class. The difference here is Romney is running a whole platform on taxes. To not show his is beyond reasoning. And it means he's hiding something and u can say the same about Obama in fact u have so why try to act like Romney isn't hiding too? He doesn't want people to see those tax returns yet because even he knows how bad it looks and on some level how wrong it is. I dont think it makes him a bad man he's only taking advantage of a poor tax code just like most people do but when he talks about people abusing the system he forgets he's also one of those people.


All I know is this. If Romney thinks paying 15% on a income of millions is OK then I need to be paying 1%. Why the hell am I paying the same percentage as someone who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars more than me? Romney wants to cut taxes yet middle class will not get out of it what the top tier will. Look at the facts at this moment. Tax cuts on in play right now and we have people from completely different incomes paying the same percentage in taxes. How is this OK? I guess some people think there should be a set number for everyone whether u make 10Gs or 500Gs. I don't agree with that notion and I feel if Romney wants this then introduce a flat tax. But don't play me by thinking I don't realize I pay more or the same in taxes as someone who's worth millions. And its not jealously to want everyone to pay their fair share in taxes. Its common sense. Why would I pay that much in taxes when someone else doesn't have to?


Gee, could these hackin' assholes do the same regarding Obama's college records that are all sealed up for reasons UNKNOWN????? If Romney's tax returns reflect anything it would hardly be dishonesty in paying his fair share according to the tax laws of the land. Instead, it would be a testament to his success. Unfortunately the lib-turds in the "jackass" party are attempting to promote envy instead of earned success. That's what loser who have failed to create a good economy are forced to do. And when your Top Banana has no record to run on, projecting 4 yrs. of flawed leadership and pathetically failed policies? It's only natural you'd turn to such underbelly tactics. Again, show us Obama's college records--if you DARE!


Demand tax returns! We want to see how much money he made. We can't have someone successful in the White House, we want the poor and uneducated, give them another 4 years.


@Matt- thanks for making clear what I already knew! This election just like the last will be voted for by way of the color of Obamas skin! More blacks than Whites and Latinos are out of work! Still- 98% will vote for Obama. Racism- it does run deep in America! Republicans need to wake up! The Whites and the Rich whites are not disliked but they are hated! Until the Republicans understand that Obama doesn't want to Govern but RULE the upper crust then people of means will stay in a fog! Romney sees this as a campaign & the Democrat minorites see this as a war!

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