News flash: David Schirmer says he has been cleared. Or not.
You might as well just skip this post, which is now outdated, and go straight to the comments. Or at least go straight to the PS's. And then read the comments.
In the interests of fairness, I wish to point out a blog post that Aussie Secret star David Schirmer posted on Wednesday, 18 February, 2009. He says he has been cleared by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and that he is now going to sic the "best defamation barristers" on some of the people who have accused him of wrongdoing or have reported on those accusations. He adds that he is looking forward to "this interesting journey."
The link to his blog post is here. There doesn't seem to be a permalink to that particular post, but as I noted above, it is dated 18 February, 2009.* Schirmer has also apparently had all of the videos of the exposé from the Aussie TV show A Current Affair removed from YouTube (in his blog post, he implies that A Current Affair removed them, but they didn't, and the videos are still up on the ACA web site). His Wikipedia entry has been considerably sanitized as well.** Moreover, he seems to be practicing some intimidation tactics on people who have expressed opinions about him on Twitter and on other sites. Negative info about him seems to be disappearing from the Web....
I have always said that if it turns out there's evidence that David Schirmer has been falsely or unfairly accused, I will publish it. For now, all I have is that one blog post of his.*** If I am given links to any documents from the ASIC clearing him, I will certainly publish those too. (Needless to say, I will also publish credible evidence to the contrary as well.)
Just thought y'all would want to know. I may be snarky, but I do try in my own way to be fair as well.****
* Or it WAS dated 18 February. See the PS.
** Well, so much for that Wikipedia entry having been "cleaned up." I just checked and it's been changed again, as of 21 February, to reflect some of David Schirmer's troubles. If you have a lot of time to waste, here's a link to the history of the Wikipedia entries on David Schirmer.
** * And now we don't even have that blog post. Again, see the PS.
**** Sometimes I try too hard, it seems.
PS added on 22 February: It seems that after changing the wording on his 18 February blog post in which he claimed to have been "cleared" by the ASIC, David Schirmer has now removed that post altogether. Go figure. He is now joyfully on his way to the US of A, flying first class, of course (or at least implying that he's flying first class). He should be touching down in LA pretty soon...
PPS added on 25 February: Melbourne's Mini-Madoff is currently in Albuquerque, NM, and then, according to his Tweet on Twitter, he's headed for "Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, Atlanta, LA and home!"