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The Spitzer Scandal *UPDATED*

CHECK THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR AN UPDATE, ADDED 3/13/08. This entry was originally published 3/10, and has been updated for today to keep it at the top of the index page.

If you haven’t already heard, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D) has some ‘splainin’ to do. Quoting from the New York Times:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who gained national prominence relentlessly pursuing Wall Street wrongdoing, has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a law enforcement official and a person briefed on the investigation…

That’s right, the Governor of New York, once a hardassed, vice-prosecuting attorney general, may have been doing some high-class whoring.

The “escort service” that allegedly “serviced” Gov. Spitzer (AKA ‘Client 9‘) was Emperors Club VIP. I’ve got a post up on Radar‘s “Fresh Intelligence” weblog about how the club’s web presence evolved over time:

A Look at the Emperors Club.

Nothing earth-shattering, but it may be enlightening, at the very least. Do not visit some of the links from my Radar post if you’re surfing from work. Please recommend the entry it if you find it interesting.

Additional link: Affidavit related to the case.

UPDATE, 3/13/08

I work for my readers. That’s why I can provide you with the following records of some web pages worth noting in relation to this story. They are all of alleged Spitzer call girl Ashley Dupre’s MySpace pages as they appeared about 24 hours ago, give or take. I sent all these docs to an editor at Radar last night, as well. (Here’s the entry where “Fresh Intelligence” utilized some of the files.)

I was waiting to see if Ms. Dupre would delete her “Nina Venetta” music profile and the associated blog. After thousands of (often hilarious) blog comments and hearings of her songs, she deleted the account sometime early this afternoon. It was interesting while it lasted.

The following documents are pdfs, and since that format is notoriously difficult to load in a Web browser, I’ve provided a route to loading the links easily, through PDFMeNot.com. The original pdf docs are hosted by my True Crime Magazine server. To see those, just remove the PDFMeNot portion of the link. To navigate any PDFMeNot file, just move the slider on the top right side of the page to enlarge the image, and click the radio buttons to page through each document. The last file, for example (#4), is 10 pages — if you’re not aware that you need to navigate that way, you may think the pdf has been truncated.

UPDATE 2

Weirdly, it looks as though MySpace “accidentally” deleted Dupre’s “Nina Venetta” pages. They’ve been restored:

http://www.myspace.com/ninavenetta
http://blog.myspace.com/ninavenetta

Do yourself a favor and read the comments on the blog. They are priceless, if you’re ever inclined to schadenfreude.