Sanford Mistress Dodges Press

Chapur worked as journalist in US covering 9/11 attacks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2009 2:25 AM CDT

Maria Belen Chapur has been successfully avoiding the horde of journalists camped outside her Buenos Aires apartment for the last few days, McClatchy reports. Chapur—who has been identified by the Argentine media as Mark Sanford's mistress—worked as a journalist and translator for TV station Canal America and went to the US to cover the 9/11 attacks, according to a producer.

"Because she's from Argentina, the scandal has become one of our own," said one of the journalists outside her building, who had given seven live reports from the scene before noon despite Chapur remaining elusive. The US Embassy confirmed that Sanford visited Argentina on a trade mission around a year ago, around the time the South Carolina governor says the affair began. (Read more Mark Sanford stories.)

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