It is clear that the federal investigators' probe started with Spitzer, not the prostitution ring. Spitzer's bank wire transfers led them to the Emperors Club, the call-girl business efficiently administered by a 23-year-old Blair Academy grad, Cecil Suwal, on behalf of her 62-year-old boyfriend, Mark Brener, from a high-rise in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, with fine views of Manhattan.And tonight's Snowmail from Channel 4 News gets very excited about the affair too:
Happy hunting! Adam Fresco in The Times will tell you more about the Emperors Club's London connection.
Elsewhere, the ripples from the prostitution ring in which the governor of New York was ultimately forced to resign as client number nine is extending its waves across the Atlantic to ensnare British clients. What was at first being investigated as an inter-state crime in America is now being investigated as an international crime and a number of British clients are shivering in their beds, or conceivable somebody else's.
One wealthy aristocrat has denied that he is client number six and assorted references have been pulled down off the web. However, other references to the same individual having used the services of Emperors Club VIP are still on the web.