John Baez. It's not an April Fools' hoax. I tried to call him at home but we didn't connect. His email request is genuine, though; i.e., it does originate from him and not some Naschie Party imposter.
What he wants is for me to delete That Hard-to-Find Baez Material, which he says I lifted wholesale from his blog, a characterization I disagree with: What I did was to rescue that treasure from the trash.
Amazingly, he says that he doesn't know who Howrey is, and that nobody pressured him. He doesn't want to be next in line after Die Zeit and Nature. He wants to reduce his visibility, he doesn't want to waste his time on such stuff, and that if I want to stick someone's neck out it should be mine, not his.
Commenters have made two perspicatious observations on this matter. 1. The material ought to be uploaded to Wikileaks. This is a great idea, but as I read their charter, it would be best if someone other than me, some anonymous person, were to to do the uploading. 2. Baez did what he could to reduce his legal vulnerability by taking down his El Naschie material. The preservation of that material on this blog (or elsewhere on the Internet beyond his control) does not put him at increased legal risk.
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