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  •  One problem with your theory (2+ / 0-)
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    tankej, bree

    Foley resigned very damn quick. If the IMs were fake, then Foley would have denied and grandstanded for a while. The sudden resignation means that the dirt uncovered (so far) is real.

    Don't let Bush surrender the Bill of Rights to the terrorists

    by bejammin075 on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 01:56:55 PM PDT

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    •  IMs (0+ / 0-)

      Well, ecoast does make a good point. IM records are plain text files and trivial to fake. ABC does need to be careful here.
      The ISP isn't going to have any record of IMs. To the best of my knowledge the only places you'll find copies of the IMs are on the computers exchanging the messages. Really the only ways to check the authenticity would be to look at the time stamps on the IM logs (still easy to fake) or, ultimately, to compare the teens' logs with Foley's logs. I'm guessing that ABC is simply trusting their source.

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