And it’s a doozey…
I 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.
US 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.)
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.
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).
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.