'Witch Hunt' As Martha Stewart Employees Search for Source of Leak

Email with details of sister's death was leaked to press

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Getty ImagesMartha Stewart with her sister, Laura Plimpton.

On Tuesday, media outlets reported that Martha Stewart's younger sister, Laura Plimpton, had died at age 59 of a brain aneurysm. The news came from a leaked email to Stewart's staff, in which she wrote, "My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital. Laura worked for me and the company for more than 25 years."

Now, though, administrators at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia are on a mission to track down which employee leaked the email to the press, New York Daily News reports. And from the sound of it, they're not fooling around.

"The whole office is going insane and on a witch hunt scanning all employees emails to figure out who leaked info on her sister's death because one of the papers reported info from an email that was sent," a source told Confidenti@l, the Daily News's gossip blog.

An additional email was sent out to "all MSLO employees" reminding them of the company's stringent policies against leaking emails. Ironically, this too was leaked to the Daily News:

"This is a reminder that no employee is authorized to speak to or communicate with the press on behalf of the Company except members of the Communications team. This is clearly detailed in the Employee Handbook, which can be found on the employee intranet, as well as the Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement you signed upon being hired at MSLO. Violations of any provisions of the handbook or the Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement are subject to discipline, up to and including termination."

We're guessing someone definitely won't be receiving a basket of complimentary custard tarts.

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Fuzzy

I CAN UNDERSTAND HER NEED FOR PRIVACY WITHIN HER OWN COMPANY BECAUSE THESE EMPLOYEES HAVE TO BE TRUSTED WITH ALL COMPANY INFO.

September 04 2014 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tommy

Tell me, when Martha Stewart went on Match.com looking for a new man, was she perhaps, advertising for a slave to her dominatrix tendency?

Wrong Website, Martha.

September 03 2014 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lflipout

Please, it was announced...what's the difference? Everyone knows Martha is cold as ice and without many social graces...she herself probably thought it was fine and sent that e-mail to the media. Why put her employees through hell? It's stupid.

August 10 2014 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jdealso

It's a very personal thing and should have been announced to the press when and how
the family wanted it done. It's not an employees job to reveal such information though
it does happen informally. But leaking the texts of the emails is confidential material
of a material nature. If you have other company secrets, announcements, and emails,
they should not be revealed by just any old body.

August 08 2014 at 3:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Hello Raymond

Why all the fuss. Deaths are a matter of public record.

August 08 2014 at 3:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dkune46

I've always admired Martha Stewart and am sorry to hear of her sister's death. Let Laura Plimpton rest in peace; no need to make a federal case out of this.

August 08 2014 at 2:53 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Rosemary

I would fire the "twit: in less than a NY minute. How dare anyone, violate the privacy of family that has lost a family member.

August 08 2014 at 2:30 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
teenagerinsac

Only vain, desperate attention seekers would ever work for this female.

August 08 2014 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

This is the standard policy at all companies. Any company would do the same to find the culpret. Give me a break. Witch Hunt? Really?

August 08 2014 at 1:50 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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dubldee54

Hope they never find out who did it.....

August 08 2014 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jenc500

If I can make one IMPORTANT statement to Ms Stewart.....Your sister died of an aneurysm...get YOURSELF checked as well, these things run in families. Been there, done that. Good luck

August 08 2014 at 1:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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dubldee54

We should be so lucky to get rid of that witch!

August 08 2014 at 3:54 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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blewis843

i would love to find out your name

August 25 2014 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
inadcon

Jealous much Dub?

August 29 2014 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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