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Sibley’s failsafe fails

And it’s a doozey…

imageI wrote earlier about the purported client list of  Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the “DC Madam”) that birther Montgomery Blair Sibley says he got while representing her in civil proceedings. He says that Verizon, in response to a 2007 subpoena, provided not only phone numbers, but 815 names, addresses and social-security numbers of escort service customers. Sibley says that he is under a court order not to release them (although phone numbers without names have been online since 2007). He wants that order lifted and has petitioned the Supreme Court to that end.

Sibley’s failsafe

imageUS News and World Report reported yesterday that Sibley placed the bombshell file, which he said could upend the presidential race, online with a 72-hour timed release automatic publication trigger should something happen to him and he is unable to turn it off. (Perhaps Sibley was influenced by the “suicide” of his client after her conviction.)

Sheer terror

It was sometime around the end of last year, as I was thinking about my blog’s 7th anniversary that I wrote a tell-all article called “The Confession of Dr. Conspiracy” that I thought I too would put on auto-publish so that it would appear automatically the day after this blog is scheduled to close, January 21, 2017. I did that, and to my utter amazement and sheer terror, the article appeared in advance of the set publication date. There is a bug in the WordPress 4.4 (and subsequent) remote procedure call API for article publication when the future publication date is near midnight. (I wrote about this at the WordPress forum here.) I quickly expunged my article and it never made the news feeds, nor the Wayback Machine and as far as I know, no one ever saw it. I learned my lesson: don’t put something online unless you want it read.

Sibley’s oops

I guess Sibley isn’t an avid follower of my comments on the WordPress forum, because the same thing (or something similar) happened to him at  the stoke of midnight or thereabouts tonight. The article with a link to the 815 escort customers went live, and I happened to be looking at his blog when it happened. I’m glad I saved a copy because ten minutes later it was gone (I guess that means that Sibley is still alive).

My quandary

I’m a straight arrow kind of guy, and if there is a court order to keep this material private, even if I’m not a party to anything, I think I should do so. Nevertheless, there is a significant entry in that log (actually more than one). For now, all I will say is that “President Sanders” is sounding pretty good right now.

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27 Responses to Sibley’s failsafe fails

  1. avatar
    Smirk 4 Food April 1, 2016 at 1:00 am #

    I wrote a tell-all article called “The Confessions of Dr. Conspiracy” that I thought I too would put on auto-publish so that it would appear automatically the day after this blog is scheduled to close, January 21, 2018.

    Ahhh… you almost had me there. Shouldn’t the blog end on 1/21/17 at noon?

  2. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy April 1, 2016 at 1:11 am #

    Thanks. I’ll fix that typo.

    Smirk 4 Food: Shouldn’t the blog end on 1/21/17 at noon?

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    Bonsall Obot April 1, 2016 at 1:57 am #

    Great Scott! And on the auspicious anniversary of the disclosure of Soetero’s foreign-student status and funding, no less! I am gobsmacked!

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    Notorial Dissent April 1, 2016 at 2:46 am #

    I think Monty has taken leave of whatever remained of his reputed senses. He is threatening to publish 10 year old material, he legally, at least as I understand it, has no right to have in the first place, and has no legal claim on at all. Maybe the court will finally decide that a little alone time in a jail cell is what he needs. Since they can’t take away his ability to practice law, since he is already suspended all ’round, jail is the next option to get his attention.

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    Scientist April 1, 2016 at 5:50 am #

    So, Doc, when you say “President Sanders”, the implication is that Hillary was a client as well. Ms Palfrey truly provided a range of services. One-stop shopping..

    Don’t you feel a patriotic obligation to release this info, Doc? Surely, Donald Trump’s supporters will all leave him if they found out something bad about him, no?

  6. avatar
    charo April 1, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    Yeah, this post occurs on April 1. wink wink

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    Arthur April 1, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    Oh my God . . . more than one significant entry? Damn! I guess that means we won’t be attending President Judy’s inauguration. Of course, after hearing Cody’s ode to Santa sex, it seemed inevitable that his wayward ways would waylay his candidacy.

  8. avatar
    Dave April 1, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Well, I sure can’t wait to read “The Confessions of Dr. Conspiracy.”

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    Crustacean April 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m as gullible as the next guy, but the idea that Doc would be up at midnight staking out Sibley’s blog makes about as much sense as the idea that “Montgomery Blair Sibley” is really a fictitious character, portrayed by the same actor who portrays the obviously fictitious sports broadcaster “Joe Buck”. The jury is still out as to which character is more universally disliked…

  10. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy April 1, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    It is not unusual for me to be up late.

    Crustacean: I’m as gullible as the next guy, but the idea that Doc would be up at midnight staking out Sibley’s blog makes about as much sense as the idea that “Montgomery Blair Sibley” is really a fictitious character,

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    Dr. Conspiracy April 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    Perhaps I should wait until April 2 to say this, but the “Confession of Dr. Conspiracy” is a real article, and it will appear as described above. The anecdote about it’s brief accidental publication is more or less accurate.

    Dave: Well, I sure can’t wait to read “The Confessions of Dr. Conspiracy.”

  12. avatar
    Paul April 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    WHY would Verizon have their SS numbers?

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    J.D. Sue April 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    Dave:
    Well, I sure can’t wait to read “The Confessions of Dr. Conspiracy.”

    —-
    Me too.

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    Dr. Conspiracy April 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    The persons that Verizon identified were Verizon Wireless customers. Mobile phone companies ask for the SSN as an identifier they use when checking a customer’s credit.

    Paul: WHY would Verizon have their SS numbers?

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    Dr. Conspiracy April 1, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    I guess the words “tell all” describing the Confession is misleading, in that it does not betray any confidences. If you told me something and asked that it remain private, or that the source remain unidentified, then rest assured that I will do that.

    Dave: Well, I sure can’t wait to read “The Confessions of Dr. Conspiracy.”

  16. avatar
    JD Reed April 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

    Il 1Rachel Maddow led with the Sibley-D.C. Madam story tonight (April 1). I assume the program will rerun, as is its usual routine, at 10 p.m. Eastern, just less than 1.5 hours as I write this.

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    Rickey April 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    JD Reed:
    Il 1Rachel Maddow led with the Sibley-D.C. Madam story tonight (April 1). I assume the program will rerun, as is its usual routine, at 10 p.m. Eastern, just less than 1.5 hours as I write this.

    I just watched it.

    Sibley’s application to SCOTUS was docketed today.

    Sibley is a bizarre character, but I don’t believe that it is impossible that he has what he claims to have. Whether the information really has information about a presidential candidate is another matter and remains to be seen.

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    donna April 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    Dave: Well, I sure can’t wait to read “The Confessions of Dr. Conspiracy.”

    MOI aussi!

    Maddow segment: Lifting DC Madam gag order added to Supreme Court docket

    it begins around 3:50

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/dc-madam-gag-order-added-to-scotus-docket-657276483519

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    CRJ April 2, 2016 at 1:50 am #

    Arthur: Oh my God . . . more than one significant entry? Damn! I guess that means we won’t be attending President Judy’s inauguration. Of course, after hearing Cody’s ode to Santa sex, it seemed inevitable that his wayward ways would waylay his candidacy.

    Cruz has got sex scandals
    http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-ted-cruz-sex-scandal-appears-looming/

    Rubio had sex scandals
    http://www.towleroad.com/2016/02/marco-rubio-gay/

    Kasich has sex scandals
    http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/john-kasich-sex-scandal-explode/
    Trump has sex scandals

    Trump has sex scandal
    http://gawker.com/remember-when-donald-trumps-wife-and-donald-trumps-mist-1754977102

    Hillary Clinton has sex scandals
    http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/bombshell-move-over-bill-hillary-clinton-has-a-sex-scandal-of-her-own/

    Bernie Sanders sex scandal fantasy
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/28/bernie_sanders_sex_article_rape_fantasy_involved_in_1972_piece.html

    All I’ve got is a Sexy Christmas Song. Damn!😭

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ufNUmU9GrY8

    That’s fine with me.

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    bob April 2, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    CRJ: All I’ve got is a Creepy Christmas Song.

    FIF Judy.

    And Judy has his convicted-felon “scandal.” And not-on-any-ballots “scandal.” And received-no-votes “scandal.” And is-profoundly-out-of-touch-with-reality “scandal.”

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    chancery April 2, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

    Interesting! And I fully believe that you are often up late; this blog wouldn’t run so well if you didn’t.

    And, err . . . nice “tagging.” 🙂

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    Notorial Dissent April 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Monty’s end run to the USSC failed, shocking I know, Justice Roberts denined him, he is now going to refile with Thomas.

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    Rickey April 8, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Notorial Dissent:
    Monty’s end run to the USSC failed, shocking I know, Justice Roberts denined him, he is now going to refile with Thomas.

    It hasn’t been refiled as of today.

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    bob April 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Notorial Dissent:
    Monty’s end run to the USSC failed

    Speaking of SCOTUS failure, there was a cert. petition filed in the Cruz birther suit from Utah (and, ob., not filed by Judy).

    Although it is the first Cruz birther suit to land in SCOTUS, the case had been dismissed for obvious lack of standing, so this cert. petition will be denied.

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    Notorial Dissent April 9, 2016 at 3:27 am #

    It’s Monty, you know how he is on follow through. I suspect it is too much to hope he’s seen the writing on the wall and given up there, but stranger things have happened, but not much.

    Rickey: It hasn’t been refiled as of today.

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    Notorial Dissent April 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    It looks like Monty has gone and done something according to a late new report today. Supposedly released a list of names of gov’t entities that used her services.

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    Rickey April 12, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    Notorial Dissent:
    It looks like Monty has gone and done something according to a late new report today. Supposedly released a list of names of gov’t entities that used her services.

    He did a bit of an end run by including the list of entities in a District Court filing. He says that he isn’t releasing any individual names “yet.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3534959/Lawyer-represented-DC-Madam-releases-names-174-groups-including-FBI-IRS-State-Department-used-escort-service-2000-2006-t-reveal-individual-clients.html

    He resubmitted his SCOTUS application to Clarence Thomas on April 6.