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  •  Those things are all hand-written (none)
    The double vertical slashes are not footnotes (some marke things that are non-controversial, like Saddam's brutal regime remains in power). I'm pretty sure that is the way some people in Britain mark up texts to highlight important phrases (whatever precedes the mark).

    As for your thoughts about faxing--could be, but that leaves problems and I don't believe it (not yet anyway).  for one thing, the smudging occurs only in the spots I mentioned. for another, several lines have simply disappeared (including, as you say, the header
    'Secret...'). Thirdly, the upper tips of the fonts of some of the letters in the top line on p. 8 have been sliced, as if by a paper cutter.

    All in all, I still think there has been some cutting and taping going on.

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Epictetus

    by smintheus on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:43:33 PM PDT

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    •  Dashes, footers, line breaks (none)
      I thought the vertical dashes might be used for markup too, but they occur throughout most of the documents and seem to be random, as in not related to the content itself, but are found in wide gaps or above hyphens. I would be inclined to think that the dashes were generated in scanning or faxing the documents.

      I would really like to know how the documents were produced. I would think the final stage was to images print to PDF -- but prior to that? They are not consistent with Word documents -- footers don't line up from one page to next. So maybe the footer text(SECRET UK EYES ONLY and page number) were typed directly on the page rather than as a footer, but that doesn't explain the odd way the lines break.

      The cutoff at the top of page 8 could just be explained away by a badly fed page having the top cut off by the margin. Like many of the other pages, the page seems to have been fed a little sideways, so there text on top right is cut off more than on the left.

      Did Michael Lewis say when he posted the docs?

      •  Michael Lewis said last October (none)
        and that the titles he gave the documents are the same ones that are still being used. He mentioned two of the docs specifically, but had not yet seen the other four at RawStory.  He did not collate his original texts against the ones in circulation now, however, so there is a (very) remote possibility that they could have been tampered with.  If the allegation ever comes up, though, he could easily quash it by doing such a collation.

        Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Epictetus

        by smintheus on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 02:06:56 PM PDT

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        •  Eid festival (none)
          According to Wikipedia there are two Eid festivals:

          Eid ul-Fitr a one-day festival marking the end of Ramadan.
          Eid ul-Adha a four-day festival held on the tenth day of the Hajj.

          This latter could probably be referred to at the early spring Eid festival. In 2003, it occured on or about February 12 in the Western calendar.

          So the sentence at the bottom of page 7 may be "The optimal times to start action are early spring Eid festival." with "times" and "are" as typos. What do you think?

          •  That's a possible interpretation (none)
            but if there were only two words left in the sentence, it would not have been carried over to the tope of the next page. If you compare the practice with other page breaks, you might agree with me that there ought to have been more than a single line left in this paragraph at the top of p. 8.  Also, your theory does not explain how so much of the top of p. 8 (with the header) was cut off, yet a few words below the header (Eid festival) appeared by themselves on the bottom of page 7.

            Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Epictetus

            by smintheus on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 03:21:43 PM PDT

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            •  There are other broken lines (none)
              Bottom of page 3 "What could it achieve." Also bottom of pages 1, 2 and 3 of straw020325.pdf.

              Maybe prior to creating the PDF, this was a text-only document (note the usage of asterisks for bullets and absence of any bolding/italics) and printing to PDF caused the lines to wrap differently.

              It seems fairly likely that this was scanned/faxed using a scanner/fax machine that had a sheet feeder. That would explain both the crooked pages and the straggler at the bottom of page 7. You know the way sometimes the pages stick and two pages partly overlap. If the overlap is slight, I think that the software would still split the sticky pages. However, I don't have much experience of sheet feeders so maybe someone else can comment on this.

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