The woman who nearly leveled the Clinton administration—and made Matthew Drudge an Internet star—has come out of hiding after 10 years of “self-imposed reticence.”
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has written an essay for Vanity Fair, scheduled for release on Thursday, in which she ponders her impact on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s political dynasty, and how the Internet shaped and accelerated her personal humiliation.
“I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.,” Lewinsky writes, adding that “The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me.”
She singles out the angry Internet aggregator Matthew Drudge for feasting on her extramarital affair, between 1995 and 1997, with then-President Bill Clinton:
When news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Her current goal, she says, “is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”
True to form, the Drudge Report’s top headline currently reads: LEWINSKY: HILLARY BLAMED THE WOMAN!
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