Bloggers beware when you criticize the rich and powerful

When a billionaire born in Uzbekistan and an outspoken former British ambassador clashed over a scorching blog, the first outcome was the Internet equivalent of a smackdown.The daily Web log, or blog, of the former U.K. ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, vanished after Murray’s British Internet provider received a flurry of ominous legal letters demanding the removal of “potentially defamatory” information about Alisher Usmanov, a mining mogul with a rising stake in the English soccer club Arsenal.

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