Comment 122391

By Tybalt (registered) | Posted January 29, 2018 at 15:53:18 in reply to Comment 122390

That wouldn't be consistent with how the story was reported, including the statements of the principal sources and witnesses, both in the story and since then, including subsequent corroborations of key allegations by other outlets. The path of how this broke extremely swiftly and chaotically, with key figures scrambling to find out information as the evening progressed, told me it was simply a breaking story, although various things were likely known about the underlying facts.

Not that it's impossible, but it would have required an active political conspiracy by journalists, sources and PCPO insiders to pull it off and that explanation is far too complicated to credit, where the explanation that this was reported the old-fashioned way is easier and overall more consistent with the evidence we have...

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