March 02, 2003

The Guardian is Becoming the

The Guardian is Becoming the U.K's National Enquirer

...when it leads its Sunday copy with such drivel. Matt Drudge asks some initial, interesting questions as to why the alleged E-mail, ostensibly written by some dank, Nixonian Yank, is full of spellings a la Queen's English (favourable, recognise etc). Some treacherous Etonian set loose at the NSA? Here's a link to the laughable e-mail the Guardian has "uncovered". This is pretty bloody embarassing, isn't it? Embarassing, that is, for the editors of the Guardian who likely know they will make a mockery of themselves with this story but just can't control themselves given their knee-jerk anti-americanism.

Can't you just picture John Negroponte, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., in hushed and fervent tones, asking the NSA for the latest emails the Cameroonian envoy has been receiving from HQ in Yaounde? "Colin, Dominique has offered the Africans this, our intercepts reveal." "Let's up the ante then John, bigger pipeline deals for Angola and more train and equip for the Guinean military. And get on the horn to Yaounde soonest to beat back that nefarious French offer for more agricultural aid."

FYI: "It is the policy of the Guardian to correct significant errors as soon as possible. When contacting the readers' editor, please quote the date and page number or website url.
Telephone: 0845 451 9589 (11am and 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Fax: 020-7239 9897
Email: reader@guardian.co.uk
Postal address: Readers' editor, The Guardian, 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3ER"

Give a ring/email/letter, folks.

UPDATE: The Guardian now adds: "Footnote: This email was originally transcribed with English spellings standardised for a British audience. Following enquiries about this, we have reverted to the original US-spelling as in the document leaked to The Observer."
But, as Matt Drudge pointed out, the format of the "Top Secret" designation seen in the Guardian is not used by the US Government, unless the Guardian transcribed that incorrectly (on top of the aforementioned spelling changes and that the name of the alleged sender was incorrectly inputted). Regardless, would our crack NSA agents be sending about E-mails with multiple addressees regarding covert ops so as to facilitate "leaks" to the likes of Guardian journalists (just click on forward, right?).

Posted by Gregory at March 2, 2003 12:31 PM
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