Another Memogate?

Captain's Quarters points out that the infamous "Downing Street Memos" that liberals say prove that Bush lied about weapons of mass distruction were fabricated by the media.

The eight memos - all labeled "secret" or "confidential" - were first obtained by British reporter Michael Smith, who has written about them in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.
Smith told AP he protected the identity of the source he had obtained the documents from by typing copies of them on plain paper and destroying the originals.

Category:  Blaming the Media
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Well, at least he learned well enough not to "reproduce them" on Microsoft WORD using the default settings.

But the "SECRET" and "CONFIDENTIAL" stamps were a nice touch!

Posted by: Kevin Baker at June 20, 2005 10:56 AM

Fake but Accurate (because we think so)- the new journalistic standard. Beyond lame.

Posted by: Drew at June 20, 2005 1:26 PM

Deniable plausibility?

Posted by: Steve Scudder at June 20, 2005 4:03 PM

The reporters claim is that he had the memos re-typed to protect his source. This is indeed the only way to be sure you've eliminated anything that might identify the particular copy of a top-secret document, but it also makes authentication impossible.

The best argument for why the documents probably aren't faked: they don't say what the socialists want them to prove, anyhow.

Posted by: markm at June 21, 2005 7:53 AM

Remind me to handwrite a boarding pass for my next plane trip. I'll use rulers and protractors and whatever else it takes to get them to look authentic but still protect my travel agent.

Posted by: Da Goddess at June 22, 2005 3:54 AM

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