Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Olbermann On Raw

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann mentioned a Raw Story article I worked on during last night's broadcast. Olbermann was discussing the arrest of Chad Conrad Castagana, who is "accused of mailing at least 13 threatening letters, maybe 17, filled with white powder to the likes of Senator Chuck Schumer, Speaker presumptive Nancy Pelosi, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and me." (that's Olbermann "me" not me me)

"And the Web site RawStory reports that many bloggers believe he is also a contributor, under a different name, to the conservative Web site FreeRepublic," Olbermann said. "In fact, the name used is supposed to be Marc Costanzo."

From our article at Raw, Alleged anthrax hoaxer may be Free Republic poster, written by Larisa Alexandrovna and Brian Beutler, with additional research by me:

The man arrested on Saturday for sending more than a dozen envelopes containing "fake anthrax" to anti-war celebrities, journalists, and politicians may have ties to the conservative supersite Free Republic, RAW STORY has found.

Chad Castagana, a 39 year old Californian named as the FBI's prime suspect in the case, is due in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles today, where procecutors are expected to file criminal complaint against him for sending threatening letters through the U.S. mail. Castagana has an extensive online history, often writing about science fiction and conservative politics, and many bloggers are convinced that he is also a contributor at the conservative activist Free Republic website under the name Marc Costanzo, whose online profile, once available here was suspended after this story first ran this morning.

Earlier today, users at the liberal websites Democratic Underground and Daily Kos brought to light the similarities between Castagana's Internet footprint and Costanzo's writings at Free Republic, and RAW STORY has found a series of eyebrow-raising connections between the two men.

In one Free Republic post, Costanzo contends that he hails from the town of Woodlands Hills; the same city where Castagana was arrested.

We should have video of Olbermann on Raw later today.

Here are links to two other Raw articles I worked on the last couple of days:

'Why is Pelosi so tough on Harman?' asked Chris Matthews and Miriam Raftery's Pro-Choice Voter Claims Assault, Intimidation By Poll Inspector.


Story ("Olbermann on what motivated Coulter 'acolyte' to allegedly send threatening 'white powder' letters") with video this link.


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