Our crack research staff at Hot Air World Headquarters has put together the Mother of All Timelines (er, until someone makes a longer one covering more than one day) that shows something very interesting with regard to the allegation that lefty blogger Glenn Greenwald has been a sock puppeteer.

The allegation: Glenn Greenwald has posed as at least five different people on conservative blogs in order to defend himself from criticism and puff up his own image.

The evidence: Blog commentors defending Greenwald on Patterico, Protein Wisdom, Ace of Spades and Riehl World called “Ryan”, “Ellison”, “Sam Mathews”, “Wilson”, and “Thomas Ellers”, all share the same unique IP address (wrong–“Sam” was on an AOL IP–glad we’ve cleared that up–ed), an address owned by none other than Glenn Greenwald. This at least puts all five commentors, who tend to use similar language and writing patterns to defend Greenwald, inside Greenwald’s Brazil domicile. Either we have a South American, internet-obsessed commune centered on an American ex-pat who likes to lecture Americans on how to be patriots, or we have someone–not necessarily Greenwald, yet–assuming several false fronts to defend and praise Greenwald. If it’s Greenwald, we have dishonesty and, let’s be frank here, a bizarre and unhealthy interest in defending oneself from criticism while inflating the appearance of one’s importance and following by conjuring up an army of defenders out of thin air.

The defense: Someone else in the house may have created all those identities to defend Greenwald, but Greenwald insists that he didn’t do it.

The rub: If it’s not Greenwald, then who is it? Do we have one of those bad “the call is coming from upstairs!” situations going on here, or has Greenwald merely removed himself a step from sock puppetry by enlisting someone who lives with him to defend him under assumed identities?

Here’s where the Hot Air crack research staff comes in. Check out this timeline, not yet adjusted for time differences:

On July 17,

“Ryan” posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 4:31 am (Pacific Daylight Time?)
here.

“Ryan” posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 9:42 am (Pacific Daylight Time?)
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a post to his own blog at 10:22 am Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a post to his own blog at 12:20 pm Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 1:13 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 1:28 pm Brazil time
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Sam Mathews posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 3:39 pm (Pacific Daylight Time?)
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 4:41 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 5:08 pm Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 7:19 pm Brazil time
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Brazil time is an hour ahead of US Eastern. Pacific is three hours behind US Eastern. We’re assuming that Riehl World is on Pacific Daylight time. So let’s adjust our clocks and take another look.

“Ryan” posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 8:31 am Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a post to his own blog at 10:22 am Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a post to his own blog at 12:20 pm Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 1:13 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 1:28 pm Brazil time
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“Ryan” posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 1:42 pm Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 4:41 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 5:08 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 7:19 pm Brazil time
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Sam Mathews posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 7:39 pm Brazil time
here.

Feel free to check our work; I have more confidence in the crack research staff than in my own ability to get all the links right.

As you can see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Greenwald and “Ryan” and “Sam Mathews” have all posted to Greenwald’s blog and to Riehl World within minutes of one another. Ace has a shorter timeline from Patterico and his own site, demonstrating pretty much the same thing–Greenwald and a proxy posting within minutes of one another.

Perhaps Greenwald and his fellow Brazil commune denizens were playing a game of musical chairs between Greenwald composing posts on his own blog, the winner getting a few minutes to go online and defend Greenwald from those rapscallions of the right who were so viciously attacking him. Perhaps.

Or perhaps Greenwald really is just a sock puppeteer, inventing names to deflect critics and prop up his own ego.

What say you?

Update: Why do we care about this? Honestly, this is only the second post on Greenwald I’ve ever written, the first being the initial sock puppet post. As a typical lefty, I don’t find him particularly enlightening or interesting, as he’s more content to wage war on Bush than on jihad. Been there, read that. But he’s a blogger whose writings lecture everyone else on civility, honesty and the like, yet it turns out he’s engaging in this dishonest sock puppet devilry. Just like his book on how to be an American patriot turns out to be the work of an ex-pat living in Brazil. Etc. He’s a bit of a gasbag and a hypocrite.

Anywho, we’ve done a bit more digging and come up with this:

7/12/06 “Ellison” “Wilson” left a comment at Protein Wisdom at 7:23 pm. Is that in the Mountain Time Zone? If so, I believe that’s 10:23 pm Brazil time.

7/12/06: Greenwald publishes this blog post at 3:56 pm (presumably Brazil time):

then follows up with comments in his own name on the above post at
5 09 pm brazil time
5 27 pm brazil time
5 29 pm brazil time
7 50 pm brazil time
7 54 pm brazil time
9 35 pm brazil time
9 38 pm brazil time
10 44 pm brazil time

So GG got off his computer after his 9:38 pm post. Then someone else got on and posted as “Ellison” at 10:23 pm. Then that person got off the computer, and GG started posting again at 10:44 pm.

Another round of musical chairs!

Update: We may need to make some adjustments to the timeline based on time zones, and we now have two IPs involved, but frankly GG could have the multiple computer defense on his side anyway. If he has more than one computer attached to a single IP (most people who have broadband and more than one computer in their house get onto the internet through a router, so all of the machines will have the same IP going out) he can claim simultaneous posts on his site and others without playing musical chairs. It’s just multiple writers on multiple computers. It strains credulity, but it’s possible.

But the style argument still holds up no matter how many computers are in GG’s house, and the best explanation of that is at Confederate Yankee.

Update: Alright, we have a revised timeline. Sam Mathews is out since he’s on an AOL IP, and Riehl’s timestamps have been adjusted to Eastern time.

“Ryan” posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 5:31 am brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a post to his own blog at 10:22 am Brazil time
here.

“Ryan” posted a comment to Dan Riehl’s blog at 10:42 am brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a post to his own blog at 12:20 pm Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 1:13 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 1:28 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 4:41 pm Brazil time
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Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 5:08 pm Brazil time
here.

Glenn Greenwald posted a comment to his own blog at 7:19 pm Brazil time
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So now we have a 20-minute gap between “Ryan” and Glenn, using the same IP. It’s possible even if there’s only one computer in the house, etc.