The left’s most dishonest attack-dog blogger, Glenn Greenwald (aka Rick Ellensburg, aka Socky Sockpuppet) has now pulled another astonishingly mendacious move, in his column for Salon about an email he purportedly received from Colonel Steve Boylan, PAO to General Petraeus.
Details on Greenwald’s sleazy maneuver are at The Dread Pundit Bluto: Full Text of Email Reveals Greenwald Mischaracterizations.
Glenn Greenwald, as he had promised in his post at Salon, has forwarded the email he says he received from Colonel Steven A. Boylan, Public Affairs Officer for General Petraeus.
The parts that Greenwald chose not to publish tend to contradict his characterization of the email as “bizarre” and “unsolicited”. Furthermore, while Greenwald claims that the email doesn’t dispute his paranoid ravings about the military working with rightwing bloggers in the Beauchamp affair, it in fact dismisses them out-of-hand, and quite properly. Greenwald has also redacted the parts of the email that highlight his shoddy research.
In fact, I’d say that Greenwald exceeds mere exaggeration and mischaracterization and flirts with outright lies in that section of his post. Colonel Boylan has not confirmed the authenticity of the letter, and the possibility remains that Greenwald, who has been alleged to use sock puppets in the past, might have faked it.
I hope the Colonel did write it, and, if he did, that he gets a commendation for it.
Read the whole thing…
UPDATE at 10/30/07 8:46:26 am:
Bluto may have jumped the gun on this one; rereading Greenwald’s lengthy, nearly incoherent screed, we see that he did post the full email, but not in the Salon article.
This doesn’t change the fact that he’s a notorious liar, however.