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Weekend Links: U.S. Subpoenas WikiLeaks Twitter Info; Portuguese Journalist Found Dead in Midtown Hotel


Good morning and welcome to Runnin’ Scared Weekends 2.0  I’m Rosie – you might remember me as the intern that went on embarrassingly public dates and got on Dov Charney’s bad side. Now I’m taking over weekends here from the venerable Joe Coscarelli. So! Let’s begin.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 8, 2011

  • According to an Icelandic lawmaker, the Department of Justice is subpoena’ing information from WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts. Twitter is being ordered to hand over info for Julian Assange, of course, and also Bradley Manning, a Dutch hacker named Rop Gonggrijp, and said Icelandic lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir, who has volunteered for WikiLeaks. Over at Salon they’ve got a copy of the order; apparently the records could be “relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.” [CNN]
  • The gruesomely mutilated body of Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro was discovered last night in the InterContinental Hotel in Times Square. Castro was found in a pool of his own blood with his scrotum cut off; male model Renato Seabra is suspected (and the police found him at Bellevue after “canvassing local hospitals for hours”?). An Aussie tourist tells the Daily News, “New York City was supposed to be where you could go anywhere and be safe.” Was it? [NYDN]
  • Elaine Kaufman, legendary proprietor of Elaine’s, apparently wrote in her will that she wanted her ashes to be scattered on Second Avenue. The problem with this apart from its inherent creepiness is that it’s illegal to scatter your ashes hither and yon in public places in NYC. [Page Six]
  • Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith has apologized to City Councilman David Greenfield, whose district covers a large swathe of South Brooklyn, for the city’s mishandling of the blizzard cleanup in that area. Remember, Mayor’s Office, plowing means never having to say you’re sorry. [Gothamist]

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