Yet Another Climber Scales New York Times Building
When George Willig scaled the South Tower of the World Trade Center, he motivation was "because it's there". The motivation behind the man who climbed the side of the New York Times building seems to have been "because it's not".
The man was first spotted around 1:20 a.m., police said.
By 2:10 a.m., he had made it to the 11th floor, where he unfurled a banner that read "Bin Laden's Plan." It featured a picture of Osama bin Laden holding President George W. Bush from puppet strings.
"We are trying to ascertain how he got up the building," said New York Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis.
The climber remained on a ledge on the 11th floor for about two hours, police said.
Unlike the two previous climbers, this one — identified as David Malone, an activist 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. Several hours elapsed during which the police appeared to alternate between trying to go after the man and waiting for him to surrender.
Mr. Malone was taken out of the building’s West 40th Street entrance in handcuffs at 5:39 a.m. and placed in an ambulance. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.