Argentine woman admits relationship with S.C. governor

Sunday, June 28, 2009 | 6:18 p.m. CDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A 41-year-old Argentine woman has acknowledged having a relationship with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

In a statement sent to news network C5n of Buenos Aires, Maria Belen Chapur says she will not talk about her private life.

But she says e-mail exchanges with Sanford that were widely published by U.S. media and elsewhere were obtained by someone who hacked her account.

She denies the hacker was a friend of hers.

Chapur says she suspects she knows who the hacker is but will not identify him, because she lacks proof and for legal reasons.

She says Sunday's 200-word statement will be her only comment on the matter.


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