October 24, 2005
Mehlis Report With Markup
There are some articles discussing an extraordinary marked-up version of the report that was distributed to journalists. The Microsoft Word document includes past revisions with far more specific accusations, including specific names of Syrian and Lebanese officials "Maher Assad, Assef Shawkat, Hassan Khalil, Bahjat Suleyman and Jamil Al-Sayyed" who "decided to assassinate Rafik Hariri" and planned the crime. The editing markup also shows that the names were removed at 11:55 AM on October 20. Strangely, although Brian points out that the UK Times article above links to the official Mehlis report, it does not link to the extraordinary marked up document that it discusses.
Nor do other major news outlets; instead we get language such as "CNN obtained a copy of the document". CNN is so special.
So here is a link to the actual Word Document itself. Slate did link to it. Christopher Allbritton links to everything in the way I'd wish everybody did, and he did it early and quickly. The unflitered blogging world is doing a far better job at working with the story than the traditional media.
I've also mirrored the marked up Mehlis report word document here in case it is removed elsewhere.Posted by David at October 24, 2005 05:57 AM
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