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July 26, 2007

Minor Update On "Scott Thomas"

I'm trying to verify my source, which is tough, because he or she (I honestly don't know which) would like to remain anonymous. For what it's worth, I'm becoming convinced that he or she is exactly who he or she doesn't say her or she is.

What I mean is that this person seems in a position to know stuff. I'm trying to get that proof; once I do, I'll go with what I'm being fed.

There are two stories here. One is the one I called a "bombshell" earlier -- since there's chatter about it online, I don't think I'm giving anything away by simply linking what is already out there. This from Sean Gleeson, posting at discarded lies.

I've been picking up a lot of "chatter" on the Internets this afternoon along these lines. Somebody knows something, or at least somebody knows somebody who knows something. I betcha a nickel Scott Thomas is outed by the end of the day tomorrow, at the latest.

"Hints" are being dropped in a lot of places.

Ultimately, though, I don't know how important it is to know who "Scott Thomas" actually is. From what I gather, he is definitely in Baghdad and definitely a soldier, so the "who" only confirms that part of the story. (Which, of course, was already widely assumed to be true anyway.)

There is some question about the "how" of it, how he came to be TNR's one and only Man in Baghdad, but that too isn't huge. There is an angle there, to be sure, just not a huge one.

As I've talked to my source -- who isn't big on revealing the "who" anyway -- I've begun to think that maybe I shouldn't really be focused on that, but rather on what's going on inside TNR, which seems a more interesting avenue and also isn't just a one-day revelation. (Which my source isn't super-psyched about in the first place, again.)

Since beginning this post I've now gone up to "near certainty" on this source, which seems enough for TNR, so it's good enough for me. (Another blogger just vouched personally for the source.)

I'll see what I can and can't write and then hopefully will have some stuff. Not the bombshell of the who, probably; that might be broken by tomorrow morning by someone else. At this point it's just a race and I think just a matter of time.

Update: I've now been informed by a blogger he "knows" the name, and is thinking about writing up a post for tomorrow, after getting comment from TNR.

Not a sure thing he'll run with it. But he says he knows, he's been told. The source was more open with him than with me. I got the basics of "Scott Thomas'" identity, but he got the actual name.

Just Got Off Of Google Chat... with "Gracie." I'll post it tomorrow after cleaning it up and confirming one thing. (Like, her identity, which I have "near certainty" about but I'm going to go that extra mile that TNR doesn't bother with.)

I don't know the name of Scott Thomas and in fact asked almost nothing about that (I imagine it might already be broken before I'm even awake, so why bother?). So nothing on that score, but some stuff is kinda interesting.



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