06/16/2005 06:44 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nick Denton is his own operative

Gawker publisher Nick Denton told me he wanted to meet Arianna Huffington so I set up a meeting at the HuffPost office. He came with his GM Lockhart Steele and the four of us had a nice conversation about politics, blogs, and business.

After we talked for a bit, Nick told Lockhart to take a picture of everyone in the office. A couple days later Gawker posted the picture explaining that an “incredibly brave Gawker operative brings us documentation of the Huffington Post exotic offices.” Um, I thought we were chatting over ice coffee, Nick. I did not realize you were an operative.