CIA declassifies letter from Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) urging the agency not to destroy interrogation tapes: “You discussed [in a briefing the previous week] the fact that there is videotape of Abu Zubaydah following his capture that will be destroyed after the Inspector General finishes his inquiry. I would urge the Agency to reconsider that plan. Even if the videotape does not constitute an official record that must be preserved under the law, the videotape would be the best proof that the written record is accurate, if such record is called into question in the future. The fact of destruction would reflect badly on the Agency.”
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka offer the paps a tanned “aloha” at LAX.
Jake Gyllenhaal would like to eat his lunch uninterrupted.
Abercrombie & Fitch catalog resurrected: “For its second go-around, however, the magazine-catalog hybrid will debut and be available exclusively in London, where the American fashion brand opened its first international flagship at 7 Burlington Gardens in London last March in what formerly housed Jil Sander, steps from Savile Row. Sam Shahid, who designed the magazine in its six-year run, is back at the helm as creative director.”
Canadian students continue to fight gay blood ban.
Inside the listening party for Madonna’s forthcoming album.
Spanish PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero hits out at the Catholic church and its recent “pro-family” rallies in Madrid: “Zapatero said that his government was carrying out policies which were supported by the ‘immense majority’ of the Spanish people, and Spain would continue to act in that way. Making no effort to mask his anger at the Cardinals and Bishops who led the Catholic Church event in the Plaza de Colón, Zapatero reminded them that the Spanish Constitution ensured that there was room for everybody in Spain, that everybody has the right to have rights, whatever they think, and whether they belong to a religion or not.”
The minute-by-minute on Britney’s meltdown…
The Big Give: Nate Berkus tapped to host Oprah’s new reality show: “The series follows 10 people who ‘criss-cross the country, giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting people who are in for the surprise of their lives.’ The contestants will be given a challenge in each city, and then the judges (chef Jamie Oliver, NFL player Tony Gonzalez, and Chris Rock’s wife Malaak Compton-Rock.) will eliminate one contestant – ultimately awarding ‘the biggest giver’ the show’s prize.”
Massive whale sharks “thriving” off Australia’s west coast.
Little Britain‘s Matt Lucas hijacks housemates on the new UK season of Big Brother.
British mother awarded compensation from gay nightclub after claiming manager called her derogatory names like “breeder”: “The tribunal in Southampton awarded Mrs Legg £3,000 in compensation for being harassed for being ‘straight’ and a further £3,222 for being unfairly dismissed. However, the tribunal did not find that she was sacked because she was heterosexual.”
They’re big shoes to fill, but do David Beckham’s also leave the largest carbon footprint in human history? In related news, Victoria Beckham has an ‘enemies’ list and Graham Norton is on it.