Workmen remove a flyer left behind by David Malone, who climbed the New York Times Building several hours before.
For the third time in five weeks, someone has scaled the outside of The New York Times Headquarters. This time, however, it was over and done before most of us got out of bed:
Unlike the two previous climbers, this one — identified later as David Malone, a 29-year-old activist from West Hartford, Conn., who studies Al Qaeda — did not attempt to make his way to the roof. Instead, he unfurled a banner around the fifth floor of the 52-story building, before climbing a few more stories.
Apparently, Malone just hung out for a few hours, placed a call to the Daily News, and waited while police decided how to proceed:
Police officers on the fifth floor had breached a floor-to-ceiling window and some were outfitted with climbing cables and hard hats. A large inflatable cushion had been placed on the sidewalk in front of the main entrance, presumably to save the man if he jumped.
He also affixed several flyers to the façade, which depict Osama Bin Laden playing Gepetto to Bush’s Pinocchio, and advertising his web site.
CNN has a video of the climber, as well as the afore mentioned “large inflatable cushion”. After four hours, Malone surrendered to police, and was arrested just after 5 a.m. this morning.