Ok, this is part of an article the AP reported about the touted Downing Street memos.
From an AP article in Yahoo News:
The eight memos âââ all labeled “secret” or “confidential” âââ 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.
Youâââre kidding right? They make this statement and go on in the article like it means absolutely nothing. Excuse me! I re-typed them and destroyed the original documents?? You can’t do that and be taken seriously! This is completely the opposite way to deal with documents you are going to report on; did he learn nothing from Rathergate? Oh yeah, it’s England, he expected to get away with lousy reporting.
The Left and the dems have been going nuts over these memos and no one questioned whether they were authentic or not; I think not. What a credible story: I wanted to protect my source (not the integrity of my reporting) so I re-typed the memos and destroyed the originals. Great story; we believe you. I am sure every anti-war, anti-Bush administration nut accepts it at face value. After all if it is against them it MUST be real.
Oh wait, he changed his mind.
From an article in USS Neverdock:
ââÅI first photocopied them to ensure they were on our paper and returned the originals, which were on government paper and therefore government property, to the source,ââ? he added. […]
ââÅIt was these photocopies that I worked on, destroying them shortly before we went to press on Sept 17, 2004,ââ? he added. ââÅBefore we destroyed them the legal desk secretary typed the text up on an old fashioned typewriter.ââ?
Source: The raw Story possibly one of the slowest loading blogs I have ever encountered.
Ah, so he copied them and then typed them from copies that he burned. where are the originals? Let me guess an anonymous source.
Hat tip Captain’s Quarters