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> Update: Keith Olbermann will donate $10,000 to “Veterans of Valor” in Mancow’s name. “As to Hannity… you are now unnecessary,” Olbermann said on his show last night. Transcript after the jump…


MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on tonight’s “Countdown” pledged to donate $10,000 to charity after disc jockey Erich “Mancow” Muller was waterboarded today on live radio, in an attempt to prove the technique was “not torture.” After six seconds Muller said it was “absolutely torture” and that were he to be interrogated by the use of waterboarding he would “confess to anything.” Olbermann promised to donate $10,000 to the charity Veterans of Valor, founded by Sgt. Klay South, who administered the waterboarding to Muller today, and withdrew his offer to Sean Hannity to make a donation to the charity of his choice if he followed through on his offer to undergo waterboarding.

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” telecasts weeknights, 8-9 p.m. ET on MSNBC. Transcript below:

This is where I normally remind Sean Hannity that it is so many days since I took him up on his offer to be water-boarded for charity, without any reply.

But with today’s development, the point is moot.

“Mancow Muller” had the guts to put his mouth where his mouth was, and the guts to admit he was dead wrong — as you saw, he not only said it is torture, but that he had nearly drowned as a boy, and it is drowning, and that he would have admitted to anything to make it stop.

So the offer to the coward Hannity — a thousand dollars a second he lasted on the waterboard — is withdrawn.

And to Mancow Muller, whose station’s publicity person contacted us yesterday saying she’d heard I’d offered ten thousand dollars to anybody who would do what he did…

You got it. Ten thousand dollars to the military-families charity of the man who did the waterboarding, “Veterans Of Valor.”

As to Hannity… you are now unnecessary.

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