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'House of Cards' Season 3 leaks briefly, we seize the power

Frank Underwood was back, momentarily, when the third season of the hit Netflix series briefly became available online. It's since been pulled, but we sense a new power imbalance.

Teach us how to use this new power, master... Screenshot by James Martin/CNET

A new class of elites has just been created on the Internet. You see, in this world, there are those who hold the power and the information in their hands (or in the memory cache of their laptops in this case) and those who do not. I'm speaking, of course, of the presumably rare person who managed to start streaming the third season of the Netflix hit " House of Cards" when it leaked on the site very briefly Wednesday before being pulled back down.

Some folks here at CNET have just recently become members of this elite and powerful new class. The key to staying on top in the fast-moving world of digital leaks is to press play quickly, and whatever you do, don't hit refresh. There are no do-overs in Washington or in the world of leaks.

We're discussing how to wield this power and any potential spoilers right now. I'll let you know what the decision is after I return from a quick, uh, meeting in St. Louis with a contact I call simply "the Walrus."

Until then, all we can offer is the above screen shot and the witty tweet below from the official "House of Cards" account as proof. I sure do feel bad for whichever intern or upstart journalist or North Korean hacker was responsible for this leak. Clearly the show still needs some help in the IT department.