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1 Lidane  Fri, Apr 8, 2011 11:24:47am

Oh, for the love of... So is McVeigh an innocent victim now?

2 Iwouldprefernotto  Fri, Apr 8, 2011 11:25:09am

insists the information was never corroborated and was just a rumor passing through Saudi circles.

The above quotes sums it up.

3 CuriousLurker  Fri, Apr 8, 2011 11:57:02am

The Examiner author's snippet:

advised that the Oklahoma City bombing was sponsored by the Iraqi Special Services who contracted seven (7) former Afghani Freedom Fighters out of Pakistan.

Full context of the paragraph the above snippet was taken from:

The journalist “advised that a source within the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service advised that the Oklahoma City bombing was sponsored by the Iraqi Special Services who contracted seven (7) former Afghani Freedom Fighters out of Pakistan,” an April 17, 1996 FBI memo states, recounting the then-ABC journalist’s interview with FBI agents a year earlier on the evening of the April 19, 1995 bombing. (The Iraqi connection, of course, never materialized.)

I might add that I couldn't find a single mention of "Islamic terrorism" in the Center for Public Integrity's article—its main point was concern over journalism ethics:

Journalism ethics experts said the memo’s description of the relationship between the FBI and the ABC reporter was troubling.

“Obviously any reporter who is simultaneously working for a media outlet and giving info to the government has a conflict of interest, says Jill Olmsted, who teaches journalistic ethics in her role as journalism division director for American University’s School of Communication.

Olmsted acknowledges that there are situations in which a journalist should share information with the government, particularly when there is a danger to the general public or a life is at stake. But she calls sharing information with the government a “slippery slope.”

Tim McGuire, a journalism professor at Arizona State University, believes the fact the reporter was assigned an informant number and had contributed information in the past precludes any argument that he was sharing this information in the public good.

“I mean, he’s not only a rat, he’s a really huge rat” says McGuire. “He’s obviously decided that helping the government on an ongoing basis is more important than being a journalist.”
McGuire also warns that journalists acting as agents can have a harmful — even dangerous — impact on the profession. “We’re all endangered by him playing these silly games,” he says. “I think when you’re an agent for the government, you’re putting your fellow journalists in harm’s way.”

“We don’t like being used as an arm of the government to get information because that’s what they do in repressive regimes, not in a society where we’re based on freedom of the press,” says Olmsted. “So I find that very disturbing.”

Typical of The Examiner.

4 Cankles McCellulite  Fri, Apr 8, 2011 11:57:42am

I wonder if their is simultaneously, over there, rumors flying around about some notorious Saudi rebel terrorist, allegedly acting under direction of Timothy McVeigh and his terrorist anti government group?

5 CuriousLurker  Fri, Apr 8, 2011 12:00:08pm

Full text of the original Center for Public Integrity article, in case anyone missed the link at The Examiner:

Memo suggests FBI had mole inside ABC News in 1990s
Agents treated reporter like informant, raising question: Who else?

6 Buck  Fri, Apr 8, 2011 4:54:28pm

Even if this is true, that would not make McVeigh innocent.

However I think there would have been some evidence picked up when they went through the files at the Iraqi intelligence offices.

7 b_sharp  Mon, Apr 11, 2011 8:56:03am

I think we need a rendition of the the Beatles 'Twist and Shout' done here, because from what I can see, this is nothing but twisting facts and shouting platitudes by some on the right to validate their bigotry. It's a shame they feel so threatened by the intellectual chutzpah of the left questioning their conclusions.

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