But then, I read this:
The eight memos - all labeled "secret" or "confidential" - were first obtained by British reporter Michael Smith, who has written about them in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.Even granting the attempt to authenticate the documents by the AP, I still couldn't help but wonder whether they're for real. Stories based on copied originals, which have been destroyed? I dismissed this train of thought as silliness. But, apparently I'm not the only one to wonder.
Smith told AP he protected the identity of the source he had obtained the documents from by typing copies of them on plain paper and destroying the originals.
The AP obtained copies of six of the memos (the other two have circulated widely). A senior British official who reviewed the copies said their content appeared authentic. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secret nature of the material.
The documents may be authentic. If they are, they truly are damning. But before we draw any conclusions, shouldn't some effort be expended to definitively establish their authenticity?
Glenn Reynolds links to the Captain's Quarters post above.