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March 11, 2008


When the explosive story about his involvement in a prostitution ring first appeared on the New York Times website on Monday, Eliot Spitzer was identified only by the title of "Client 9." Nick Galbreath, a New York-based programmer, wasn't sure that the implicated bigwig was the governor, but, he tells Gelf, " 'Client 9' sounds cool, the story is huge, so as a goof I paid $10.13 to buy [the domain] a few minutes later."

Since that time, Galbreath says that the hastily designed site has been viewed by more than 10,000 people and has been mentioned in the New York Times and in the Washington Post. While Google's Adsense ads line the pages of the site, Galbreath says he's not exactly rolling in dough—in fact, he's only made $13 from ads so far. (As Galbreath puts it, "I'm in the black!")

Of the governor's dalliances with hookers, Galbreath says, "At first I didn't believe it since it seems so out of character, and so incredibly stupid. Spitzer did a lot of good work. If he resigns, it's probably not good for New York."

Related on the web: Clientnine.com is under construction.

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