Here’s one for your lawyers, Paul…

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 16, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This entry was posted on
Friday, February 16th, 2007
9:18 pm and is filed
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“Guido will provide evidence of the Sith’s wrongdoing, but he intends to protect his sources as well.” – Paul Staines (aka Guy/Guido Fawkes)

I want to ignore the spin for a moment and ask a simple question;

Do you really mean that, Paul?

“The only specific allegation that he makes that is true is that I chose not to write a story about a source because the person was a source. Fair cop. Drat.” – – Paul Staines (aka Guy/Guido Fawkes)

The reason I ask this question is that, in the single-faceted defence above, you appear to be denying passing me information that totally compromised that same source. The relevant email exchange (below) was published over a month ago, and I assume you’re willing to let it stand because – *gasp* – you haven’t threatened to sue me over it yet:

—– Original Message —–
From: “Guy Fawkes”
To: “Tim Ireland”
Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: boom
> Have you done fourth term net?
> Are you going to point the finger at Benji Wegg Prosser No. 10’s
> Director of Strategic Communications?
> Not vis-a-vis Taylor – he is McM’s gofer. – and paid to dig dirt on
> LibDems. But McM is plausibly deniable by BWP.
> BWP is very keen on the Online War. He is frustrated with what he
> sees as right-wing ascendancy online.
> Check the Google cache for the hastily pulled Gordon is a Moron blog.
> On 9/11/06, Tim Ireland wrote:
>> Of course, you’ll have to report this when it goes mainstream
>> —– Original Message —–
>> From: “Guy Fawkes”
>> To: “Tim Ireland”
>> Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 5:14 PM
>> Subject: Re: boom
>> > All yours, am laughing.
>> >
>> > As I said before, he is a source. That buys him some protection.
>> > Doesn’t mean I don’t wish you well…. ;)
>> >
>> > On 9/11/06, Tim Ireland wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>

Do you deny doing this, Paul?


Again, just wondering…


Tim Ireland

PS – We really have to talk about your bad habit of happily publishing smears about me in one breath and screaming “Smear!” the next… especially as you appear to do both to avoid pertinent issues, points and questions. Like the one above.

UPDATE – Over to you…

UPDATE – Over to you…

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